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An exploration of practices affecting research integrity in global health partnerships

Troughton, Lindsay and Obasi, Angela ORCID: (2022) 'An exploration of practices affecting research integrity in global health partnerships'. BMJ Global Health, Vol 7, Issue 8, e009092.

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Background: Research integrity is central to good research practice yet it is under-researched in global health. Aim: To identify and explore factors which promote or constrain adherence to research integrity principles in global health research partnerships, specifically at a UK higher education institution (HEI) and its low-to-middle-income country (LMIC) partners.
Methods: Qualitative study using key informant interviews among researchers at a HEI and a number of its LMIC partners exploring their understanding of the principles of research integrity and experience of its implementation in relation to research.
Results: Thirteen interviews, five from HEI and eight from partner organisations, were conducted. Analysis found that understanding of research integrity focused on issues relating to rigour and did not include ‘care and respect’. Barriers to research integrity included, supra institutional factors such as funding flows, inequitable power relations, the competitive culture of the global health ecosystem and institutional psychosocial safety. Most respondents had direct or indirect knowledge of incidences of research misconduct.
Conclusion: Improved recognition of the importance of care and respect is key to improving the integrity of research conduct within global health partnerships.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > WA 20.5 Research (General)
WA Public Health > Health Administration and Organization > WA 530 International health administration
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
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Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2022 14:05
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2023 16:20


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