Enhancing research quality through cultural competence: a case study in Queensland prisons

Heffernan, Edward, Andersen, Kimina and Kinner, Stuart A. (2015) Enhancing research quality through cultural competence: a case study in Queensland prisons. Australasian Psychiatry, 23 6: 654-657. doi:10.1177/1039856215609763


Author Heffernan, Edward
Andersen, Kimina
Kinner, Stuart A.
Title Enhancing research quality through cultural competence: a case study in Queensland prisons
Journal name Australasian Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1039-8562
1440-1665
Publication date 2015-12-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1039856215609763
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 23
Issue 6
Start page 654
End page 657
Total pages 4
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: To describe the processes undertaken to maximise cultural competence in a complex research project and illustrate how this enhanced the quality of the research and impact of the research outcomes.

Methods: An epidemiological survey of the mental health of Indigenous people in custody in Queensland was conducted using culturally informed research processes.

Results: The research process that enhanced cultural competence is described. The research outcomes were positive in terms of participant and community experiences, participation rates, publications and other research outputs, capacity building and translation of research findings.

Conclusions: This paper describes in practical terms how to conduct culturally informed research and how this approach enhanced the scientific rigour of a complex Indigenous health research project. Indigenous health research should be conducted using a culturally competent method.
Keyword Indigenous population
Prisons
Research design
Cultural competence
Mental disorders
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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