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Ethical Dilemmas in Qualitative Research: A Critical Literature Review

Maintaining ethical principles in scientific research, including sharing findings, is vital.

This review examines ethical dilemmas in qualitative studies and proposes strategies. Searching LILACS and MEDLINE databases with keywords “research ethics” and “qualitative research” yielded 108 titles. After review, 42 articles were selected. Identified conflicts include breaches of confidentiality, autonomy disregard, potential harm, researcher/therapist/friend role confusion, and Research Ethics Committee challenges. Proposed solutions emphasize self-awareness, reflexivity, continuous consent, and ethical mindfulness to address conflicts in research.

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