Ethics & Engagement across the Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes

Featured Project: Exploring and Understanding the Community's Attitudes Towards Research Ethics in Cambodia

Srey Mom Pol is a 2016 GHBN Ethics Fellow


Sreymom Pol is a research assistant at the Cambodia Oxford Medical Research Unit (COMRU) Siem Reap, Cambodia. COMRU is a collaboration between the Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) and Bangkok-based Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU). Sreymom graduated in 2013 with Bachelor of Science in Public health from the Asian University for Women, Chittagong, Bangladesh and has worked for COMRU for more than two years. She has contacted both quantitative and qualitative studies, in the hospital and surrounding communities.  Sreymom’s research interests include investigating the general populations understanding of ethics and research and the difference between researchers and community’s attitudes and expectations. Sreymom’s aim is to find a balance between researchers and communities’ goals to help maintain good collaboration and accuracy of research results. 


Project Title: Exploring and Understanding the Community’s Attitudes toward Research Ethics in Cambodia

The aim of the study is to explore community attitudes towards research and its ethics in Cambodia by interpreting what community members know about research and what research means for them.

Globally, different institutions have suggested that to conduct ethical research, community understanding is a priority as it helps promote better communication, makes research transparent and is respectful to the community. However, most recommendations on the subject of community understanding have been made by researchers who think they know what is right for a community but not necessarily what a community thinks is right for itself. Therefore, by asking community members what type of research they want, how it should be conducted and what they consider to be safe for themselves can give a sense of community understanding of research prior to participation in research. These questions can find the right balance between the researchers and the communities’ goals and help in maintaining better collaboration and accuracy of research results.

The study will be qualitative in nature and will involve semi-structured interview (SSI) and focus group discussions to gain a range of views from community members with different experiences of research. This study is a one-year study and it is expected to start in January 2016.

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