Paediatrics and Child Health (East Africa)
In the last few decades, research in epilepsy has significantly improved understanding of risk factors and etiologies associated with epilepsy, promoting greater access to interventions and medications that have improved health-related outcomes for patients. However, these advances and benefits are not being felt evenly on a global scale due to significant inequalities in access to and utilization of research resources and expertise in Low-and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs).
To promote effective research output, and advance evidence-based practices; the context, disease burden, and challenges that hinder good research need to be re-defined and addressed. This is key in facilitating implementation of coherent priorities and strategies in epilepsy research in LMICs; and in facilitating the conduct of scientifically and ethically valid research. This paper explores the capacity, ecosystem, and ethical issues that are at play and that need to be addressed to support better evidence generation and utilization in epilepsy care in LMICs.
Publication ( Name of Journal)
Frontiers in Neurology
(2023). The ethical and validity conundrum in epilepsy research in LMIC settings. Frontiers in Neurology, 14, 1-5.
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