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J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2015 Apr;10(2):185-95. doi: 10.1177/1556264615576903. Epub 2015 Mar 17.

Exploring perceptions and experiences of Bolivian health researchers with research ethics.

Author information

1
Touro University California, Vallejo, USA sarah.sullivan@tu.edu.
2
Touro University California, Vallejo, USA.
3
Universidad Mayor, Real y Pontificia de San Francisco Xavier in Chuquisaca, Bolivia.
4
Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia.
5
Georgia Regents University, Augusta, USA.

Abstract

In Bolivia, there is increasing interest in incorporating research ethics into study procedures, but there have been inconsistent application of research ethics practices. Minimal data exist regarding the experiences of researchers concerning the ethical conduct of research. A cross-sectional study was administered to Bolivian health leaders with research experience (n = 82) to document their knowledge, perceptions, and experiences of research ethics committees and infrastructure support for research ethics. Results showed that 16% of respondents reported not using ethical guidelines to conduct their research and 66% indicated their institutions did not consistently require ethics approval for research. Barriers and facilitators to incorporate research ethics into practice were outlined. These findings will help inform a comprehensive rights-based research ethics education program in Bolivia.

KEYWORDS:

Bolivia; education; ethics; health; human rights; indigenous; inequities; perspectives; research

PMID:
25784714
DOI:
10.1177/1556264615576903
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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