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Title: Community engagement on the Thai-Burmese border: rationale, experience and lessons learnt
Authors: Phaik Yeong Cheah
Khin Maung Lwin
Lucy Phaiphun
Ladda Maelankiri
Michael Parker
Nicholas P. Day
Nicholas J. White
François Nosten
Shoklo Malaria Research Unit
Mahidol University
Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine
University of Oxford
Keywords: Medicine;Social Sciences
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2010
Citation: International Health. Vol.2, No.2 (2010), 123-129
Abstract: Community engagement is increasingly promoted in developing countries, especially in international health research, but there is little published experience. The Shoklo Malaria Research Unit (SMRU) conducts research with refugees, migrant workers, displaced people, and day migrants on the Thai-Burmese border, and has recently facilitated the set up of the Tak Province Border Community Ethics Advisory Board (T-CAB). Valuable lessons have been learnt from consultation with the T-CAB especially in the area of participant recruitment and the informed consent process. A lot of new research questions have emerged from consultation with the T-CAB. This paper describes our experience, lessons learnt and the unique challenges faced working with the T-CAB from its initial conception to date. We conclude that consultation with the T-CAB has made improvements in our research in particular operational and ethical aspects of our studies. © 2010 Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
ISSN: 18763413
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2006-2010

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