"Am I Going to Die?" Considering the Preparation for Research on an Example of Hospice Patients. By: Kamińska, Weronika. 2024. Qualitative Sociology Review. Vol. 20 Issue 1, p82-98.

This article concerns the situations experienced by the researcher in one of the sensitive research groups–hospice patients. The article is based on the author’s experiences in three studies in Poland–94 in-depth interviews and observations in inpatient and home care hospices. Through the seven presented categories the author faced during the interviews, she analyzes the dilemmas of conducting qualitative research from a practical perspective. During studies, we learn about our preferences, sometimes defining ourselves on one of the sides–becoming a quantitative or qualitative researcher, thus deciding further scientific paths. Conducting qualitative research requires specific activities, including knowledge of the literature, selection of the proper method, and analysis of the research group (Silverman 2012). These principles turn out to be only the beginning of the process in which we intuitively, through trial and error, pave the way to deal with demanding situations, previously inexperienced emotions, coordination, and technical and ethical problems. Some studies require special preparation, particularly considering the specificity of certain research groups, such as hospicepatients, who will face the dying process soon.