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Open Access Engagement of a community advisory group to shape and build up participation in TB research

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It is essential that communities at risk from TB are involved in TB research. Community advisory groups (CAGs) are one mechanism for involving communities in research and creating platforms for discussions between researchers and community members. We organised a CAG meeting with community members and people with lived experience in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to explore the community’s knowledge about TB and their perspectives on different diagnostic tests in Vietnam, a low-middle-income country with a high TB burden. Researchers shared basic information and addressed questions about TB. CAG members commented on preference of TB screening tests, and suggested that chest X-rays and blood tests were more acceptable than sputum tests because of the difficulty in sputum expectoration. In addition, clinical studies that required fewer visits to the hospitals would be preferred, even if this meant a greater reliance on blood sampling.

Keywords: CAG; community engagement; low- and middle-income countries; operational research; tuberculosis

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Centre for Tropical Medicine, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 2: Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Centre for Tropical Medicine, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nuffield Department of Medicine, Oxford University, Oxford, UK

Publication date: March 1, 2024

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