BMC Medical Ethics
(Accessed 24 Jul 2021)
Gurus and Griots: Revisiting the research informed consent process in rural African contexts
Researchers conducting community-based participatory action research (CBPAR) in highly collectivistic and socioeconomically disadvantaged community settings in sub-Saharan Africa are confronted with the distinctive challenge of balancing universal ethical standards with local standards, where traditional customs or beliefs may conflict with regulatory requirements and ethical guidelines underlying the informed consent (IC) process. The unique ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural diversities in these settings have important implications for the IC process, such as individual decisional autonomy, beneficence, confidentiality, and signing the IC document.
Authors: Richard Appiah
Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:98
Content type: Debate
Published on: 23 July 2021