Primary data collection in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) is associated with a range of ethical complexities. Considerations on how to adequately ensure the well-being of research staff are largely neglected in contemporary ethics discourse. This systematic review aims to identify the ethical challenges that research staff across different hierarchical levels and scientific disciplines face when conducting research in LMICs.

15th September 2021 • comment

Communication between health workers and ethnic minorities in Vietnam

by Shannon McKinn, Duong Thuy Linh, Kirsty Foster, Kirsten McCaffery

Vietnam has made notable progress in reducing maternal mortality rates during the past 2 decades, but this overall improvement conceals regional and ethnic inequalities. Ethnic minorities in Vietnam experience high rates of poverty and mortality, and they face communication and cultural barriers when accessing health services. Poor communication with health professionals combined with limited health literacy is concerning, particularly in the maternal health context, and may exacerbate existing inequalities.

22nd May 2020 • comment

Evolving friendships and shifting ethical dilemmas: fieldworkers' experiences in a short term community based study in Kenya

by Dorcas Kamuya, Sally Theobold, Patrick K Munywoki, Dorothy Koech, Wenzel P Geissler, Sassy Molyneux

In this paper, we draw on qualitative observation and interview data collected alongside a six month basic science study which involved a team of FWs regularly visiting 47 participating households in their homes. The qualitative study documented how relationships between field workers and research participants were initiated, developed and evolved over the course of the study, the shifting dilemmas FWs faced and how they handled them. 

23rd March 2018 • comment