Exploring the Reported Strengths and Limitations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research: A Narrative Review of Intervention Studies

Romany McGuffog, Jamie Bryant, Kade Booth, Felicity Collis, Alex Brown, Jaquelyne T. Hughes, Catherine Chamberlain, Alexandra McGhie, Breanne Hobden, Michelle Kennedy

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Abstract

High quality intervention research is needed to inform evidence-based practice and policy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We searched for studies published from 2008–2020 in the PubMed database. A narrative review of intervention literature was conducted, where we identified researcher reported strengths and limitations of their research practice. A total of 240 studies met inclusion criteria which were categorised as evaluations, trials, pilot interventions or implementation studies. Reported strengths included community engagement and partnerships; sample qualities; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander involvement in research; culturally appropriate and safe research practice; capacity building efforts; providing resources or reducing costs for services and communities; understanding local culture and context; and appropriate timelines for completion. Reported limitations included difficulties achieving the target sample size; inadequate time; insufficient funding and resources; limited capacity of health workers and services; and inadequate community involvement and communication issues. This review highlights that community consultation and leadership coupled with appropriate time and funding, enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health intervention research to be conducted. These factors can enable effective intervention research, and consequently can help improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3993
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume20
Issue number5
Early online date23 Feb 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023

Keywords

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Indigenous health
  • intervention
  • review

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