Understanding Naturally Occurring Data

  • Nikki Kiyimba
  • Jessica Nina Lester
  • Michelle O’Reilly


The focus of this chapter is to identify what constitutes naturally occurring data, distinguishing it from researcher-generated data. Core concepts for the book are defined in this chapter and clarity is provided regarding what the main tensions are in relation to naturally occurring data and its use in health research. There are some tensions regarding these definitions and this is critically discussed.


Data Naturally occurring Researcher generated Health 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nikki Kiyimba
    • 1
  • Jessica Nina Lester
    • 2
  • Michelle O’Reilly
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Social and Political ScienceUniversity of ChesterChesterUK
  2. 2.School of EducationIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  3. 3.The Greenwood Institute of Child HealthUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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