Overcoming fieldwork challenges in urban health research in developing countries: A research note

Angela Mathee, Trudy Harpham, Nisha Naicker, Brendon Barnes, Sophie Plagerson, Monica Feit, André Swart, Shan Naidoo

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Abstract

With rapid growth in the global urban population over the next two decades, health will increasingly have an urban bias. The picture of public health is particularly complex in African cities, where rates of urbanisation, poverty and inequity are high. This paper identifies the main data collection problems encountered within a panel study in low-income areas of Johannesburg, with special emphasis on sampling, access and partnerships. The paper will be of relevance to anyone considering research in the cities of developing countries, especially in Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-178
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Social Research Methodology: Theory and Practice
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Developing countries
  • Health
  • Research methods
  • South Africa
  • Urban

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences

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