A framework for preferred practices in conducting culturally competent health research in a multicultural society

Woodland, L., Blignault, I., O’Callaghan, C. et al. 

Health Res Policy Sys19, 24 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12961-020-00657-y


This article by researchers in Sydney presents a framework for preferred practices to facilitate conducting health research that is culturally informed, high-quality, safe, and actionable.

Meeting the health care needs of growing multicultural or multiethnic societies presents major challenges for health care systems and for health researchers. Considerable literature exists on the methodological and ethical difficulties of conducting research in a cross-cultural context; however, there is a need for a framework to guide health research in multicultural societies.

The framework was informed by “research on research” undertaken in community and primary health care settings in Sydney, Australia. Case studies are presented as illustrative examples.

The framework is not intended to be universal, however many of its aspects will have relevance for health research generally. Application of the framework for preferred practices could potentially make health research more culturally competent, thus enabling enhanced policies, programmes and practices to better meet population health needs.


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Prematurity Rates During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic Lockdown in Melbourne, Australia

Matheson A, et al, Obstetrics & Gynecology: February 4, 2021

doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000004236




" Preliminary international data suggest a decrease in prematurity during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, potentially due to the effect of lockdown. Others could not confirm this observation. The lockdown implemented in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia, has been one of the longest and strictest in the world."


"We confirm an association between lockdown and reduced preterm birth rates. The reduction that occurred was stronger in medically indicated than in spontaneous prematurity and, reassuringly, without increases in stillbirth or undetected small-for-gestational-age neonates. Conversely, we also found a decrease in stillbirth rates during lockdown."

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  Journal Title Vol Issue Month Date Year
1 Annals of Internal Medicine 173 (01) July 7th 2020
2 Annals of Internal Medicine 172 (12) June 16th 2020
3 BMJ: British Medical Journal (Academic edition) 6 (08) August   2020
4 Choice     August   2020
5 International Journal of Birth and Parent Education 7 (04) July   2020
6 International Journal of Birth and Parent Education   Suppl July   2020
7 JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association 324 (03) July 21st 2020
8 JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association 324 (04) July 28th 2020
9 Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 81 (03) May-June   2020
10 Lancet 396 (10246) July 25th-31st 2020
11 Lancet 396 (10245) July 18th-24th 2020
12 Lancet 395 (10243) July 4th-10th 2020
13 Leukemia and Lymphoma 61 (05-06) May-June   2020
14 New England Journal of Medicine : NEJM 383 (04) July 23rd 2020
15 New England Journal of Medicine : NEJM 383 (05) July 30th 2020
16 New England Journal of Medicine : NEJM 383 (02) July 9th 2020
17 Pediatrics 145 (02) February   2020
18 Pediatrics 146 (01) July   2020

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