Investigating Community Attitudes Towards Medical Research Trails

Michael Brown (Director)

Research output: Non-textual formMulti-component / Portfolio


Output type: 4 Participatory Ethnographic Films, Conference Presentation and Report

Description: Conducting medical trails of new drugs within real-life communities is a very challenging process. Pharmaceutical companies often work in partnership with medical trial research centres based in Africa and Asia. Communities in the locality of these centres are often the subjects of repeat trials, raising key questions about their willingness to participate, their motivation and fatigue. The Wellcome Trust provides significant funding to these medical trial research centres, and wanted to explore and understand the community perspective more fully, to inform the ethics process that underpins medical trials. I was commissioned to facilitate 4 communities in Kenya, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam to use participatory filmmaking to explore their attitudes towards medical trials being conducted in their localities. The films were screened and discussed at an international conference 'Medical Trials and Community Engagement' in Thailand in 2012. The insights provided by the films informed the conditions upon which The Wellcome Trust provided ongoing and future funding for medical trials.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputFilm
Publication statusUnpublished - 2013


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