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Title: Challenges to conducting epidemiology research in chronic conflict areas: examples from PURE- Palestine
Authors: Khatib, Rasha
Giacaman, Rita
Khammash, Umaiyeh
Yusuf, Salim
Keywords: LOW INCOME COUNTRIES
MIDDLE INCOME COUNTRIES
EPIDEMIOLOGY
CONFLICT ZONE
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY
Date: 2016
Publisher: BioMed Central
Citation: Khatib, R., Giacaman, R., Khammash, U., & Yusuf, S. (2016). Challenges to conducting epidemiology research in chronic conflict areas: examples from PURE- Palestine. Conflict and Health, (10), 33. doi:10.1186/s13031-016-0101-x
Abstract: Little has been written on the challenges of conducting research in regions or countries with chronic conflict and strife. In this paper we share our experiences in conducting a population based study of chronic diseases in the occupied Palestinian territory and describe the challenges faced, some of which were unique to a conflict zone area, while others were common to low- and middle- income countries. After a short description of the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory at the time of data collection, and a brief overview of the design of the study, the challenges encountered in working within a fragmented health care system are discussed. These challenges include difficulties in planning for data collection in a fragmented healthcare system, standardizing data collection when resources are limited, working in communities with access restricted by the military, and considerations related to the study setting. Ways of overcoming these challenges are discussed. Conducting epidemiological research can be very difficult in some parts of our turbulent world, but data collected from such regions may contrast with those solely from politically and economically more stable regions. Therefore, special efforts to collect epidemiologic data from regions engulfed by strife, while challenging are essential.
ISBN: 1752-1505
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10625/56320
Project Number: 107099
Project Title: IDRC Corporate Awards 2012-2013
Access: Open Access
Copyright: Khatib, Rasha
Giacaman, Rita
Khammash, Umaiyeh
Yusuf, Salim
License: Creative Commons CC BY
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