Ethical and cultural considerations in informed consent in Botswana

Sheila Shaibu

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Reflections on my experience of conducting research in Botswana are used to highlight tensions and conflicts that arise from adhering to the western conceptualization of bioethics and the need to be culturally sensitive when carrying out research in one's own culture. Cultural practices required the need to exercise discretionary judgement guided by respect for the culture and decision-making protocols of the research participants. Ethical challenges that arose are discussed. The brokerage role of nurse educators and leaders in contextualizing western bioethics is emphasized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-509
Number of pages7
JournalNursing Ethics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Botswana
  • Culture
  • Ethical issues
  • Informed consent
  • International research


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