Authors: Elisha Riggs, Jane Yelland, Josef Szwarc, Sue Casey, Donna Chesters, Philippa Duell-Piening, Sayed Wahidi, Fatema Fouladi and Stephanie Brown
International Journal for Equity in Health 2015, 14:13
This paper describes the research strategies adopted for the project Having a baby in a new country, which was undertaken as a partnership between Foundation House and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. The project was undertaken to provide evidence about how women and men of refugee background experience health services at the time of having a baby. Being mindful that conventional research methods may not ensure the degree and quality of participation that is necessary for meaningful study findings with communities such as those of refugee backgrounds, the project team adopted a community engagement framework including: female and male Afghan community researchers, community and sector stakeholder advisory groups and community consultation and engagement. The project demonstrated how participatory methods can provide reciprocal opportunities for often excluded communities to both take part in, and guide the conduct of research.
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