Challenges in Conducting Ethnography among Hidden Populations in Rural South India

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International qualitative researchers confront many challenges while conducting studies among hidden populations. This article describes challenges experienced as a US-based researcher and native Indian woman conducting a focused ethnography among women with epilepsy in rural south India. The 5 challenges encountered during this research were (1) obtaining ethical approvals to conduct the study, (2) recruiting hidden participants, (3) being a halfie, (4) addressing a sensitive topic with a vulnerable population, and (5) managing researcher distress and intrapersonal conflicts. The article also details strategies used to confront these challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-355
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Neuroscience Nursing
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018


  • cultural competence
  • epilepsy
  • hidden population
  • low-And middle-income country
  • methodological challenges
  • qualitative research
  • research ethics
  • sensitive topic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Medical–Surgical

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