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BRIDGE – Bridging Research Integrity and Global Health Epidemiology

The BRIDGE guidelines are good epidemiological practice (GEP) guidelines specifically for global health epidemiology.

GEP Guidelines

Why are specific GEP guidelines needed for global health?

Research integrity and research fairness have gained considerable momentum in the past decade and have direct implications for global health epidemiology. Existing good epidemiological practice guidelines developed by national epidemiological associations lack international legitimacy and are not tailored to the idiosyncrasies of global health. Existing guidelines for fair and equitable partnerships in global health are not specific to epidemiology. Comprehensive guidelines which tackle both integrity and fairness are needed to provide practical support to epidemiologists navigating the complex global health landscape.

How were these guidelines developed?

We developed the BRIDGE guidelines through a Delphi consultation study involving experts with a wide range of experience and expertise in global health and epidemiology.

For whom are these guidelines?

The BRIDGE guidelines are for all people involved in the commissioning, conduct and appraisal of global health research.


What is the aim of the guidelines?

The BRIDGE guidelines foster high-quality epidemiological studies with impact where it is needed the most: in the local communities and local research systems where the research is conducted.

What do the guidelines look like?

The BRIDGE guidelines bring together existing principles for research integrity and fairness in one checklist. The checklist focuses on practical implications for research and covers the six steps of study implementation: study preparation, study protocol and ethical review, data collection, data management, analysis, reporting and dissemination.

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The ‘Bat’ Story

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Media Coverage

The benefits of scientific collaboration are too often skewed towards wealthier countries. Epidemiologist at KIT Sandra Alba, Bioethicists, and others present guidance on how stakeholders such as researchers can change this.

Een klein aantal landen domineert de wetenschap, wat tot oneerlijke praktijken kan leiden. Een nieuwe generatie onderzoekers stimuleert verandering door krachtige ethische codes door te voeren. Een dubbelinterview met Doris Schröder en Sandra Alba, die allebei aan innovatieve richtlijnen werkten.

Scientific output is dominated by a small number of countries. This dominance can lead to unfair practices, like “ethics dumping”. But a new generation of research leaders is fueling change by introducing powerful ethics codes. A double interview with Europeans Doris Schröder and Sandra Alba who have both worked on new, innovative ethics guidelines.

Epidemiologist Sandra Alba is part of a team that developed a new set of guidelines to address issues of research integrity and fairness in international health research collaborations. In this article she explains what the guidelines hope to achieve, and how.

Courses & Events

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Dr Joseph Sempa presented the results of a survey based on the BRIDGE guidelines during the Power of Knowledge event
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Dr Rutuja Patil presented the BRIDGE guidelines during the Power of Knowledge event

National HREC Conference – 23-25 November in Australia 


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Promoting Good Epidemiological Practice

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