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Type: Journal article
Title: Systematic review to inform prevention and management of chronic disease for Indigenous Australians: overview and priorities
Author: Gomersall, J.
Canuto, K.
Aromataris, E.
Braunack-Mayer, A.
Brown, A.
Citation: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 2016; 40(1):22-29
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 1753-6405
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Judith Streak Gomersall, Karla Canuto, Edoardo Aromataris, Annette Braunack-Mayer and Alex Brown
Abstract: Objective: To describe the main characteristics of systematic reviews addressing questions of chronic disease and related risk factors for Indigenous Australians. Methods: We searched databases for systematic reviews meeting inclusion criteria. Two reviewers assessed quality and extracted characteristics using pre-defined tools. Results: We identified 14 systematic reviews. Seven synthesised evidence about health intervention effectiveness; four addressed chronic disease or risk factor prevalence; and six conducted critical appraisal as per current best practice. Only three reported steps to align the review with standards for ethical research with Indigenous Australians and/or capture Indigenous-specific knowledge. Most called for more high-quality research. Conclusion: Systematic review is an under-utilised method for gathering evidence to inform chronic disease prevention and management for Indigenous Australians. Relevance of future systematic reviews could be improved by: 1) aligning questions with community priorities as well as decision maker needs; 2) involvement of, and leadership by, Indigenous researchers with relevant cultural and contextual knowledge; iii) use of critical appraisal tools that include traditional risk of bias assessment criteria and criteria that reflect Indigenous standards of appropriate research. Implications: Systematic review method guidance, tools and reporting standards are required to ensure alignment with ethical obligations and promote rigor and relevance.
Keywords: Indigenous Australian health; chronic disease; systematic review
Rights: © 2015 Public Health Association of Australia
RMID: 0030039038
DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12476
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