Global Health Research
Clinical research in a developing setting can be very gratifying. Results of well-done research can have significant impact on groups of people who otherwise would not have the resources to study the issues and concerns.
There are a few points to keep in mind:
1. You will likely need an international IRB approval for your project if you are going to be doing clinical research. This means that you will need to identify an in-country IRB (or equivalent such as health department, university review board) to sign-off on your research proposal BEFORE our IRB will sign-off.
2. In resource-limited settings your hosts may be very focused on providing care with relatively little. As such, consider how to least disrupt their operations.
3. As with all community or clinical research, talk with your hosts to learn what research questions need to be developed. In this way, you will be providing something to their community that is perceived by them as beneficial. A well-done research study that is not perceived as useful will only gather dust on a shelf.
4. Make sure to provide your report and recommendations to the host site (and local health officials) so that they can benefit from your good work.
Doing international research also allows you to explore new cultures and new settings. Make the most of it.
- Please contact Dr. Fredrick to discuss possible options.