Neetha Morar

The research team has a good understanding of the importance of stakeholder engagement in research as we have a dedicated director and principal investigator who has made community engagement part of all team members role and responsibility (direct and indirect). Stakeholder engagement activities are discussed at weekly management meetings and at monthly research project meetings which includes the entire unit employees (over 100 employees).  Documentation of stakeholder engagement follows the similar guidelines of Good Clinical Practice where logs and reports are written for community events and outcomes. our nurses, doctors, counsellors and investigators have been in the community to explain complex clinical issues such as Pap Smear (tests to assess cervical cancer), what the blood is used for in the laboratory and safety tests in trials.   But it would be valuable if the research team members consistently maintain the relationships with stakeholders.  Thus, monitoring and measuring the impact and role of research team members may be valuable.