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Using Technology to Enhance Qualitative Research with Hidden Populations


Qualitative Report Volume 13, Number 2, ISSN 1052-0147


Advances in technology provide researchers with increased opportunities to locate and conduct research with populations that have historically been inaccessible. This manuscript describes the development of private, voluntary web-based groups, and the process for using web cameras to conduct individual web-based interviews as a method of data collection in qualitative research. Also contained within are detailed steps for utilizing each of these technological innovations as well an exploration of the ethical issues related to using technology to enhance the research experience with members of hidden populations, using the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender) population as a referent group.


Matthews, J. & Cramer, E.P. (2008). Using Technology to Enhance Qualitative Research with Hidden Populations. Qualitative Report, 13(2), 301-315. Retrieved May 26, 2019 from .

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