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Persona y Bioética

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Abstract

MUNOZ DEL CARPIO, Toia Agueda; DUENAS ANCCO, André; SANCHEZ RODRIGUEZ, Kristell  and  BEGAZO MUNOZ, Lucia. Cultural Adequacy and Training with Respect to the Informed Consent Process in a School Nutrition Project for an Aymara Indigenous Community in Peru. pers.bioét. [online]. 2017, vol.21, n.1, pp.78-91. ISSN 0123-3122.  http://dx.doi.org/10.5294/pebi.2017.21.1.6.

Background:

Research must respect ethical norms and informed consent (IC), with appropriate cultural adaptation and verification of its understanding in indigenous communities of the Andean and Amazonian regions, including social and medical research.

Objective:

Determine to what extent IC is understood in an Aymara community in Peru, specifically as concerns a school nutrition project.

Methodology:

A prospective, quasi-experimental field study of an educational intervention was conducted in Puno during 2015. The objectives and procedures of the school nutrition project in question were explained to the local Aymara leaders, and a questionnaire was prepared on knowledge and practices regarding healthy lunch boxes for Aymara children. An educational nutrition program and two IC formats (simple and culturally appropriate) were drawn up. The documentation was evaluated by a research ethics committee.

Results:

Seventy (70) Aymara villagers participated in the research project. The extent to which they understood the IC was modified to a statistically significant degree subsequent to the educational intervention and adaption for cultural appropriateness.

Keywords : Understanding; informed consent; Indigenous peoples; the Aymara people; research.

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