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ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2017 Jul/Sep;40(3):278-288. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000167.

Advancing Nursing Science Through Community Advisory Boards: Working Effectively Across Diverse Communities.

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Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, North Carolina (Dr Gonzalez-Guarda); College of Nursing & Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Boston (Dr Jones); Center for Health Innovation, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York (Dr Cohn); University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, Ohio (Dr Gillespie); and Rutgers University School of Nursing, New Brunswick, New Jersey (Dr Bowen).


The movement toward community-engaged research is well aligned with nursing's strong tradition of engaging individuals, families, and communities in designing and evaluating nursing care. As such, nurse scientists should consider engaging the recipients of care in the research process. Community advisory boards are a common way in which communities are engaged in research. The purpose of this article is to provide a framework for effectively working with community advisory boards in diverse communities that is informed by evidence and experiences of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars. Recommendations can serve as a blueprint for nurse scientists as they engage communities in research promoting health equity.

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