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Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2013 May;28(3):278-83. doi: 10.1177/1533317513481099. Epub 2013 Mar 19.

Qualitative research on dementia in ethnically diverse communities: fieldwork challenges and opportunities.

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Aged Care Research Unit, Liverpool Hospital, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.


Australia, like other ethnically diverse societies, needs to provide culturally appropriate health care to all its citizens. One way of facilitating this is to ensure that health services research adequately reflects the circumstances and needs of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities within the population. This article discusses the fieldwork phase of a qualitative research project on dementia caregiving in 4 CALD communities in south west Sydney, Australia. Rather than focusing on the study results-which have been published elsewhere-this article presents and discusses crucial fieldwork issues that arose in the conduct of the project, particularly regarding participant recruitment and facilitation of focus groups. In being transparent about some of the difficulties encountered and how these were managed, we offer suggestions for other researchers wanting to include CALD communities in a meaningful way in their research projects.

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