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Fam Relat. 2009 Oct 1;58(4):475-488.

Using Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) To Target Health Disparities in Families.

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University of Minnesota Medical School; Family Medicine and Community Health; Minneapolis, MN.


Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is an action research approach that emphasizes collaborative partnerships between community members, community organizations, health care providers, and researchers to generate knowledge and solve local problems. Although relatively new to the field of family social science, family and health researchers have been using CBPR for over a decade. This paper will introduce CBPR methods, illustrate the usefulness of CBPR methods in families and health research, describe two CBPR projects related to diabetes, and conclude with lessons learned and strengths and weaknesses of CBPR.

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