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Opening a Door to a Private World: Using Auto/Biographical Methodology to Explore Health Experiences

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By: Published: 2020 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2
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Abstract

This case presents an exploration of the challenges and implications of using the researcher-as-participant methodology of auto/biography, as a means of adding to the qualitative literature on patient health experiences. Based on doctoral work in which I explored my experience of living with premenopausal osteoporosis through reflective topical autobiography, this case highlights the decision-making process involved in choosing the most appropriate researcher-as-participant methodology to answer the research question. The application of the method and the ethical challenges associated with using such a personal process are explored and the unexpected issues that arose during the process are documented.

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