If you have read the Participant Information Statement and would like to participate, this blog offers you the opportunity to reflect on the considerations related to ethics in the course of conducting CBPR.
You are welcome to write freely, however some questions that might guide your contribution are:-
- What were your experiences of ethical considerations in setting up your CBPR project?
- Outline some of the challenges you encountered at key stages (start up, conduct, closure and dissemination).
- What were the factors related to ethics that either limited or enhanced your ability to achieve the aims of your CBPR project?
The early stages of my CBPR project raised questions about ethics for me. We all know it takes time to build relationships and trust when entering a community as an outsider. Although I was interested to a certain extent in the conversations in this rural community, in the early days of getting to know people, I always felt that it was not really ethical to befriend strangers for the purpose of gaining entry to the community and to raise interest in the project. This was even more difficult as it became evident that community members were reacting to being ‘over consulted/researched’ in recent times – was my presence just exacerbating an already delicate situation? I suspect I am not alone in grappling with this ethical quandary. How did you experience the early stages of your project?