People may worry that if health service staff identify them from their story, they might face negative consequences such as lower quality care or reprisals from treating health professionals. People might be concerned about personal impacts if colleagues, family members or friends read their story and identify them.[20] You can minimise these risks by assuring people that if you share their story (with their permission) you will do so anonymously, and that you will endeavour to remove any identifying information from the story before publication (if possible also providing the storyteller the opportunity to approve the final record of their story). 

(See Template 3: Project Information for Potential Participants (Example), and Template 4: Voluntary and Informed Consent Form (Example).


[20] Guba, E. G. , & Lincoln, Y. S. (1981). Effective evaluation: Improving the usefulness of evaluation results through responsive and naturalistic approaches (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass)