Coming to an ethics of research practice in a remote Aboriginal Australian community

Bainbridge, Roxanne, Tsey, Komla, Brown, Catherine, McCalman, Janya, Cadet-James, Yvonne, Margolis, Stephen, and Ypinazar, Valmae (2013) Coming to an ethics of research practice in a remote Aboriginal Australian community. Contemporary Nurse, 46 (1). pp. 18-27.

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Background: This paper identifies the latent opportunities and challenges inherent in the formative stages of a project that was resumed after partial completion by other on-the-ground research teams.

Methods: Grounded theory methods were used to analyse project documentation from previous research teams and to generate new process-oriented data.

Results: The intention of all research teams was moving towards Engaging in Community-Based Participatory Research; this was conceptually identified as the core category. The social process involved in achieving community engagement practice was named Coming to an Ethics of Practice. Four different facets comprised the core category: Developing meaningful relationships; being reflective; recognising difference; and making research relevant.

Conclusions: To achieve mutually beneficial outcomes, researchers conducting community-based research with Aboriginal people must implement strengths-based approaches to realise ethically sound research; prioritise the relevance of the research to the daily lives, needs and aspirations of those with whom they work; and in doing so, remain cognisant of their own philosophical position and context in which the research is located.

Item ID: 29923
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1839-3535
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2014 02:18
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health @ 100%
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