The development of an appraisal tool for assessing research involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
Kim Morey, Karla Canuto, Elaine Kite, Odette Gibson, Alex Brown Stephen Harfield, Carol Davy, Edoardo Aromataris, Drew Carter, Judith Streak Gomersall, Annette Braunack-Mayer
In health research, systematic reviews are widely used to guide decision makers towards implementing best practice policy and health care. However, they have been underused as a method for improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. A working group led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers has started to redress this by building a systematic review appraisal tool that aligns with principles for conducting ethical research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Guided by our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members, we established overarching values and principles to guide research involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We developed a set of key questions with which to establish whether these values and principles had been applied in practice. We also drew on Indigenous research methodologies and established ethical guidelines.
Our questions address all phases of the research process and are underpinned by four key principles – ethical practices, acknowledgement of Indigenous knowledge systems, reciprocity between researchers and communities, and the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
This appraisal tool will assist all who undertake and review research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to assess the quality, appropriateness and ethical acceptability of research outputs. The tool will also help to ensure that systematic reviews can inform health practice and policy and improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Kim Morey, Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, North Tce, Adelaide, 5000 firstname.lastname@example.org