ERIC Number: EJ888522
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
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Reference Count: 10
Developing Cultural Competence and Overcoming Ethical Challenges in the Informed Consent Process: An Experience from Egypt
Abdel-Messih, Ibrahim Adib; El-Setouhy, Maged; Crouch, Michael M.; Earhart, Kenneth C.
Journal of Research Administration, v39 n2 p33-40 Fall 2008
Research is conducted in a variety of cultural settings. Ethical standards developed in Europe and the Americas are increasingly applied in these settings, many of which are culturally different from the countries in which these standards originated. To overcome these cultural differences, investigators may be tempted to deviate from ethical standards. To suggest that, without such deviations, the contribution of these countries to medical science would be limited, is misguided. The argument that research would be impossible without these deviations, which limit the contribution these countries make to medical sciences, is not accepted. To overcome these challenges, it is important for research administrators, managers and investigators to develop the cultural competence that enables them to establish recruitment and consent procedures consistent with cultural, political, and social practices. This paper presents some of the issues and challenges encountered in conducting research in Egypt. It is hoped that, by sharing these experiences, researchers and research administrators will gain insight into the design, implementation, and management of research in different cultural settings.
Descriptors: Ethics, Cultural Differences, Research Administration, Medical Research, Participation, Competence, Cultural Awareness, Literacy, Comprehension, Social Influences, Cultural Influences, Communication (Thought Transfer), Information Dissemination, Foreign Countries
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Identifiers - Location: Egypt