Pauline Ejemen OSAMOR BSc, MPH, PhD is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Child Health, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Building on my training and experience in medical sociology, bioethics and health education, I run a research program that seeks to advance knowledge and make significant contributions to the scientific literature. I am also involved in training and supervision of Postgraduates Students of Master of Public Health. My career goal is to be an established medical sociologist, specializing in sociological aspects of child health in Nigeria, bioethics in health research in developing countries and the sociology of emerging health issues.
My broad area of research is studies of applied medical sociology in a developing world setting.My research is organized around three sub-themes:
Social and community aspects of child health and child care practices. This sub theme includes: child care practices in infancy and childhood; beliefs and practices around specific events and milestones, such as early newborn care, naming, weaning and walking; social aspects of infant welfare clinics, growth monitoring, immunization and feeding practices; complementary and alternative medicine in relation to childhood illnesses.
Women’s autonomy and decision making, Informed consent and assent in biomedical studies in developing countries. This sub theme includes: women’s decision making autonomy for their own health care, factors that may influence the informed consent process such as: type of study (observational versus interventional), type of study participants (healthy participants versus patients), setting of study (hospital versus community); attitudes and practices regarding assent from children of the appropriate age; content analysis of informed consent forms; training, knowledge and practices of graduate students and clinical residents doing mentored research.
Social and behavioural issues in chronic childhood illnesses. Such illnesses include: sickle cell anemia, congenital heart disease, seizure disorder and chronic renal disease. Starting with a model disease, this sub theme will explore such topics as: the social and behavioural impact of the disease on the child and the family; coping mechanisms of the parents and siblings (if any); sociocultural context, interpretations and stigma (if any) surrounding the disease.