Privacy and Confidentiality - Sbe

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Question 1
Question :
Which of the following constitutes both a breach of confidentiality (the research data have been disclosed, counter to the agreement between researcher and subjects) and a violation of subjects’ privacy (the right of the individuals to be protected against intrusion into their personal lives or affairs)?
Your answer : A faculty member makes identifiable data about sexual behavior available to graduate students, although the subjects were assured that the data would be de-identified.
Correct Answer : A faculty member makes identifiable data about sexual behavior available to graduate students, although the subjects were assured that the data would be de-identified.
Comment :
No agreements were made regarding confidentiality with the subjects who were unknowingly audio-taped; whose interactions were recorded, or whose cocaine use was revealed by another. Therefore, there was no breach of an agreement about confidentiality, but the subjects’ right to decide who can access their personal information was violated. If a researcher told subjects that only he or she would have access to identifiable data and then gives identifiable data to others that action constitutes a breach of confidentiality and a violation of privacy – the subjects’ right to control who has access to personal information.
Points Earned : 1
Question 2
Question :
When a focus group deals with a potentially sensitive topic, which of the following statements about providing confidentiality to focus group participants is correct?
Your answer : The researcher cannot control what participants repeat about others outside the group.
Correct Answer : The researcher cannot control what participants repeat about others outside the group.
Comment :
It is not possible for a researcher to promise confidentiality in a focus group setting. Participants may choose to repeat…...

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