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J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2004 Mar;26(3):211-6.

Health sciences research and Aboriginal communities: pathway or pitfall?

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Department of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa ON.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To provide health researchers and clinicians with background information and examples regarding Aboriginal health research challenges, in an effort to promote effective collaborative research with Aboriginal communities.

METHODS:

An interdisciplinary team of experienced Aboriginal-health researchers conducted a thematic analysis of their planning meetings regarding a community-based Aboriginal health research training project and of the text generated by the meetings and supplemented the analysis with a literature review.

RESULTS:

Four research challenges are identified and addressed: (1) contrasting frameworks of Western science and indigenous knowledge systems; (2) the impact of historic colonialist processes upon the interface between health science research and Aboriginal communities; (3) culturally relevant frameworks and processes for knowledge generation and knowledge transfer; and (4) Aboriginal leadership, governance, and participation.

CONCLUSION:

Culturally appropriate and community-controlled collaborative research can result in improved health outcomes in Aboriginal communities and contribute new insights and perspectives to the fields of public health and medicine in general.

PMID:
15016333
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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