Investigation of post-trial access views among study participants and stakeholders using photovoice and semistructured interviews

Nothando, Ngwenya, Iwuji, Collins, Petersen, Nabeel, Myeni, Nompilo, Nxumalo, Samukelisiwe, Ngema, Ursula and Seeley, Janet (2021) Investigation of post-trial access views among study participants and stakeholders using photovoice and semistructured interviews. Journal of Medical Ethics. pp. 1-6. ISSN 0306-6800

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Purpose We examine the levels of post-trial responsibility ascribed to different stakeholders, following a community-based clinical trial and how the ‘responsibility’ is understood.

Methods We employed photovoice, unstructured observations and key informant interviews to gain insights into contexts of access to care following transition to the public health system post trial. We used an inductive narrative analysis to explore experiences and understandings of post-trial access (PTA).

Results In their photovoice stories, many participants expressed a sense of abandonment after the trial. This was viewed as a contributing factor to failing to re-engage with care available in the public health system. This led to the experiences of loss as some trial participants defaulted and died. Research investigators, department of health participants and sponsor agreed that PTA was especially important for communities in resource-limited settings. The government has an obligation towards its citizens while researchers have a responsibility to ensure a smooth transition of patients to public clinics. Sponsors have a responsibility to ensure that the trial is conducted in accordance with the protocol and post-trial agreements are in place and adhered to. Research partnerships among stakeholders were affected by power imbalances making it difficult to negotiate and plan for post-trial care responsibilities.

Conclusions The research community still struggles with understanding the scope of PTA responsibilities. Power dynamics between public health actors and research sponsors need to be managed to ensure that government involvement is not tokenistic. The responsibility of trial participants and ethics committees needs to be investigated further.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Global Health and Infection
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Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2021 07:29
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