This new blog from the REACH group follows an interesting debate around ethics, gender, trust and power in research:
"Maureen Kelley kicked off the day highlighting an important paradox in health research: on the one hand research can be powerful tool for social justice in ensuring that interventions are evidence based; but on the other, there is need to protect ‘the vulnerable’ and ensure research does not worsen vulnerabilities. Current ethics guidelines do not adequately unpack or address this paradox leading to potential for all children, all women or the very poor/marginalized to be labelled as “vulnerable” and excluded from research. Yet it is these groups for whom evidence-based health interventions are most needed, raising important challenges for social justice in health. Unpacking complex intersections between dignity, vulnerability, agency and abilities in different health research contexts, and researchers’ responsibilities in designing and conducting global health research, is a key aim of the REACH collaboration...."
Read the full blog by clicking here: http://resyst.lshtm.ac.uk/news-and-blogs/vulnerability-and-health-research-paradox-ethics-gender-trust-and-power