Conducting Global Health Research in Rural Bolivia: A Case Study Approach for Navigating Logisticsand Cultural Expectations

Lin, Jeffrey; Sullivan, Sarah; Basagoitia, Armando; Solis-Soto, Maria Teresa

Keywords: International Health, Women's Health


Cervical cancer is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality for women in developing countries. This case study describes experiences from a research project that assessed the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of men and women related to cervical cancer in the Monteagudo region in Bolivia. Conducting research in a remote area on a sensitive topic comes with significant unique challenges and implementation of this project required careful planning and navigation. The observations described in the research case study are divided into two main areas: logistics and cultural expectations. Logistical issues included procuring transportation and facilities to conduct the research and effectively communicating with various involved parties such as social, administrative, and health authorities. Cultural issues pertained to language translation and community expectations about purposes and roles. This case study will outline these issues and recommend specific strategies to anticipate and address barriers in the implementation of research in rural Bolivia. The overall goal of the case study is to improve research practices in low-resource settings.

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Fecha de publicación: 2018
Año de Inicio/Término: Nov. 10 - Nov. 14