Ancillary care in public health intervention research in low-resource settings: Researchers' practices and decision-making

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Abstract

LITTLE IS KNOWN ABOUT RESEARCHERS' practices regarding the provision of ancillary care (AC) in public health intervention studies they have conducted and the factors that influence their decisions about whether to provide ancillary care in low-resource settings. We conducted 52 in-person in-depth interviews with public health researchers. Data analysis was iterative and led to the identification of themes and patterns among themes. We found that researchers who conduct their research in the community setting are more likely to identify and plan for the AC needs of potential research subjects before a study begins, whereas those affiliated with a permanent facility are more likely to deliver AC to research subjects on an ad hoc basis. Our findings suggest that on the whole, at least for public health intervention research in low-resource settings, researchers conducting research in the community setting confront more complex ethical and operational challenges in their decision-making about AC than do researchers conducting facility-based studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-81
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011

Keywords

  • Ancillary care
  • Decision-making
  • Low-resource settings
  • Public health research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Communication

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