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Evidence review of Indigenous culture for health and wellbeing

Bourke, Sarah; Wright, Alyson; Guthrie, Jillian; Russell, Lachlan; Dunbar, Terry; Lovett, Raymond

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There is growing evidence that the cultures of Indigenous peoples influence their health and wellbeing. We reviewed articles published between 1997 and 2017 that studied the relationship between culture, and health and wellbeing outcomes, and used an adapted version of the Agency of Healthcare Research Quality Framework to determine their strength of evidence. We examined the literature grouped by six cultural domains: country and caring for country, knowledge and beliefs, language,...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBourke, Sarah
dc.contributor.authorWright, Alyson
dc.contributor.authorGuthrie, Jillian
dc.contributor.authorRussell, Lachlan
dc.contributor.authorDunbar, Terry
dc.contributor.authorLovett, Raymond
dc.date.accessioned2019-04-12T07:59:50Z
dc.identifier.issn2156-8960
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/159530
dc.description.abstractThere is growing evidence that the cultures of Indigenous peoples influence their health and wellbeing. We reviewed articles published between 1997 and 2017 that studied the relationship between culture, and health and wellbeing outcomes, and used an adapted version of the Agency of Healthcare Research Quality Framework to determine their strength of evidence. We examined the literature grouped by six cultural domains: country and caring for country, knowledge and beliefs, language, self-determination, family and kinship, and cultural expression. Seventy-two publications were included in the review, focusing on populations from Australia, Canada, the United States, and New Zealand. Across the literature there were conceptual variations in defining and measuring culture, and in the comparison of differing social constructs across Indigenous groups. The literature largely report that culture is significantly and positively associated with physical health, social and emotional wellbeing, and reduces risk-taking behaviours. The majority of publications presented evidence on the impact that culture, or culturally-based interventions, have on social and emotional wellbeing outcomes. The strength of evidence from most publications was assessed as moderate or low quality, and was limited by a lack of reliable and valid measures, population level studies, and longitudinal studies. Cultural domains including language, cultural expression and connection to country were more likely to be reported in quantitative studies, whereas cultural domains of knowledge, beliefs, kinship, and family were more likely to be reported using qualitative methods. Those studies that used mixed-methods approaches were more likely to be assessed as high or moderate quality. This review encourages future research to consider adopting mixed-methods approaches to investigate the complex, causal pathways through which culture influences health and wellbeing for Indigenous populations.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCommon Gound Publishing
dc.sourceThe International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society
dc.titleEvidence review of Indigenous culture for health and wellbeing
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume8
dc.date.issued2018
local.identifier.absfor111708 - Health and Community Services
local.identifier.absfor111706 - Epidemiology
local.identifier.absfor111701 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
local.identifier.ariespublicationu1067127xPUB24
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBourke , Sarah , University of Oxford
local.contributor.affiliationWright, Alyson, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationGuthrie, Jillian, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationRussell, Lachlan, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationDunbar, Terry, The University of Adelaide
local.contributor.affiliationLovett, Raymond, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.description.embargo2039-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.identifier.doi10.18848/2156-8960/CGP/v08i04/11-27
local.identifier.absseo920302 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes
local.identifier.absseo920301 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health
local.identifier.absseo920413 - Social Structure and Health
dc.date.updated2019-03-12T07:24:38Z
dc.provenanceJournal: International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society (ISSN: 2156-8960, ESSN: 2156-9053) RoMEO: This is a RoMEO yellow journal Paid OA: A paid open access option is available for this journal. Author's Pre-print: green tick author can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing) Author's Post-print: cross author cannot archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing) Publisher's Version/PDF: cross author cannot archive publisher's version/PDF
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