Culture, context and community: Ethical considerations for global nursing research

Harrowing, J.N., Mill, J., Spiers, J., Kulig, J. and Kipp, W. (2010) Culture, context and community: Ethical considerations for global nursing research. International Nursing Review, 57 1: 70-77. doi:10.1111/j.1466-7657.2009.00766.x

Author Harrowing, J.N.
Mill, J.
Spiers, J.
Kulig, J.
Kipp, W.
Title Culture, context and community: Ethical considerations for global nursing research
Journal name International Nursing Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0020-8132
Publication date 2010-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2009.00766.x
Volume 57
Issue 1
Start page 70
End page 77
Total pages 8
Place of publication Oxford, U.K.
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract High-quality research is essential for the generation of scientific nursing knowledge and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. However, the incorporation of Western bioethical principles in the study design may not be suitable, sufficient or relevant to participants in low-income countries and may indeed be harmful and disrespectful. Before engaging in global health studies, nurses must consider carefully the cultural and social context and values of the proposed setting in order to situate the research within the appropriate ethical framework. The purpose of this paper was to examine the ethical principles and considerations that guide health research conducted in international settings using the example of a qualitative study of Ugandan nurses and nurse-midwives by a Canadian researcher. The application of Western bioethical principles with their emphasis on autonomy fails to acknowledge the importance of relevant contextual aspects in the conduct of global research. Because ethics is concerned with how people interact and live together, it is essential that studies conducted across borders be respectful of, and congruent with, the values and needs of the community in which it occurs. The use of a communitarian ethical framework will allow nurse scientists to contribute to the elimination of inequities between those who enjoy prosperity and good health, and those who do not. Copyright © 1999–2011 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Keyword Capacity building
Developing countries
Qualitative methods
Research ethics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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