We are a team of researchers undertaking a study considering "How to modify health promotion interventions to meet the needs of ethnic minority groups". Our team is based at the University of Edinburgh but incorporates steering group members from the University of Newcastle, De Montfort University and Heriot Watt University.
This project is being funded by the Medical Research Council (Project Number 07/63/03).
Why are we doing this study?
- There is existing evidence of disproportionate levels of morbidity or mortality and unequal access to health care services for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups compared to the general population in the UK
- Preventative health approaches present the best opportunity to address this burden of disease. However, although there is a considerable evidence base of health promotion interventions for the general population, effective health promotion interventions for BME groups remain unknown
- When interventions have been adapted for ethnic minority groups, adaptations are made to superficial, observable characteristics such as language to increase the 'receptivity' of these messages. There is a need to engage with the cultural, social, historical, environmental and psychological forces that influence health behaviour (Resnicow et al 1999)
What are we doing?
This review will examine the evidence for health promotion interventions which have been adapted for ethnic minority groups.
The review is intended to aid policy makers to develop best-practice guidelines and to assist practitioners in delivering appropriate interventions to patients from these ethnic minority groups.
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