Challenges of recruiting a vulnerable population in a grounded theory study

Chung Lim Vico Chiang, Diana Keatinge, Ann K. Williams

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Recruitment is a crucial and fundamental part of research and one that poses various degrees of difficulty. This is particularly so when the area of research is one that is either highly sensitive, or that involves participants who are deemed to be particularly vulnerable. This article explores the inherent tensions in matters of participant recruitment among meeting the demands of institutional ethics committees, satisfying the concerns of clinicians in the field and the need to maintain methodological rigor. A postgraduate research student's experience of these tensions underpins the discussion. The article concludes with an outline of the student's strategies and resolution of these issues.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-211
Number of pages7
JournalNursing and Health Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Ethics
  • Grounded theory
  • Informed consent
  • Primary selection
  • Recruitment
  • Rigor
  • Theoretical sampling
  • Vulnerability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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