Strengthening ethical community engagement in contemporary Malawi.



Nyirenda, Deborah ORCID: 0000-0002-5867-4687, Gooding, Kate ORCID: 0000-0003-4926-0287, Sambakunsi, Rodrick, Seyama, Linley ORCID: 0000-0002-8682-5833, Mfutso-Bengo, Joseph, Manda Taylor, Lucinda ORCID: 0000-0001-8149-0897, Gordon, Stephen B ORCID: 0000-0001-6576-1116 and Parker, Michael ORCID: 0000-0002-7054-4711
(2018) Strengthening ethical community engagement in contemporary Malawi. Wellcome open research, 3. 115-.

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Abstract

Although community engagement is increasingly promoted in global health research to improve ethical research practice, there is sometimes a disconnect between the broader moral ambitions for community engagement in the literature and guidelines on the one hand and its rather narrower practical application in health research on the other. In practice, less attention is paid to engaging communities for the 'intrinsic' value of showing respect and ensuring inclusive participation of community partners in research design. Rather, more attention is paid to the use of community engagement for 'instrumental' purposes to improve community understanding of research and ensure successful study implementation. Against this backdrop, we reviewed the literature and engaged various research stakeholders at a workshop to discuss ways of strengthening ethical engagement of communities and to develop context-relevant guidelines for community engagement in health research in Malawi.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community engagement, Malawi, health research, research ethics
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2021 11:11
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 22:50
DOI: 10.12688/wellcomeopenres.14793.2
Open Access URL: http://doi.org/10.12688/wellcomeopenres.14793.2
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3120711