Dr. Ott discusses the benchmarks for ethical virtual research. These virtual method includes surveys, social network analysis, online clinical trials, social media research, cyber-ethnography, focus group, interviews, and more. These virtual research can be quantitative and qualitative. Dr. Ott discusses the barriers in doing this sort of research, since virtual research brings its own challenges. First, the problem of recruitment comes into play - identifying who is actually doing the research. There is also problems of connectivity if the research is done with devices or online. These considerations can affect the scientific rigors of the research, which is especially important during an epidemic. Dr. Ott explores these barriers and potential solutions.
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