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Community Building versus Career Building Research: The Challenges, Risks, and Responsibilities of Conducting Participatory Cancer Research with Aboriginal Communities


Mitchell., T & Baker, E.

published: 2005 | Research publication | Community Engaged Scholarship

The Aboriginal Women’s Cancer Care Project used a participatory research model guided by an Aboriginal advisory group. Methods. The researchers attempted to conduct cancer research with 5 culturally and geographically different communities in North America. Results.  We discuss the challenges of conducting ethical research in keeping with the emergent research principles of community ownership and control of the research process and products. Conclusions. Although there are many perils for researchers and communities in conducting participatory research, clearer practice guidelines will ensure that research in Aboriginal communities will increasingly prioritize community- versus career-building outcomes.

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