Saturday, 29 June 2013

Ancillary care: from theory to practice in international clinical research

astaff-photo-mkcFollowing an evaluation of the work undertaken by the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit (SMRU) Bridget Pratt and colleagues from the DEPM have analysed the role international research can play in the delivery of ancillary care in developing countries.

The SMRU began providing ancillary care to Karen and Burmese refugees who were unable to access the Thai hospitals in the area. Their work eventually spread to the other refugees within the area.

From their findings, the researchers believe it is feasible for international research to include ancillary care, where there is a strong commitment from the chief investigators and funders.

They believe this trial could have profound implications for the conduct of international research in developing countries, and that the obligations of justice demand the provision of ancillary care.

‘Ancillary Care: From Theory to Practice in International Clinical Research’: Pratt, B., Zion, D., Lwin, K., Cheah, P., Nostren, F., Loff, B., Public Health Ethics (2013) doi: 10.1093/phe/pht015

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