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dc.contributor.author Harrowing, J N
dc.contributor.author Mill, J
dc.contributor.author Spiers, J
dc.contributor.author Kulig, Judith Celene
dc.contributor.author Kipp, W
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-11T14:29:46Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-11T14:29:46Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Harrowing, J.N., Mill, J., Spiers, J., Kulig, J., & Kipp, W. (2010). Culture, context and community: Ethical considerations for global nursing research. International Nursing Review 57, 70–77. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/1255
dc.description.abstract High-quality research is essential for the generation of scientific nursing knowledge and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. However, the ncorporation 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. en
dc.description.sponsorship Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Killam Foundation, University of Alberta, Alberta Registered Nurses Educational Trust, Canadian Nurses Foundation en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher International Nursing Review en
dc.subject capacity building en
dc.subject developing countries en
dc.subject nursing en
dc.subject qualitative methods en
dc.subject research ethics en
dc.title Culture, context and community: Ethical considerations for global nursing research en
dc.type Article en
dc.publisher.faculty Health Sciences en
dc.publisher.faculty Nursing en
dc.publisher.faculty Public Health en
dc.description.peer-review Yes en
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en
dc.publisher.institution University of Alberta en

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