Lessons learned from community-based participatory research in Indian country

Cancer Control. 2005 Nov;12 Suppl 2(Suppl 2):70-6. doi: 10.1177/1073274805012004s10.


The purpose of this article is to share lessons learned from implementing community-based participatory research (CBPR) in Indian Country that may be generalizable to other medically underserved communities. CBPR is currently included in multiple grant announcements by the National Institute of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but information about this methodology vs traditional research methodology is often misleading. This article addresses some common mistakes made by academic research institutes by sharing what we have learned about how CBPR can be implemented in a respectful manner. The majority of tribal Nations prefer, if not mandate, that CBPR be used in most proposed studies involving their communities today.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Academies and Institutes
  • Biomedical Research* / economics
  • Colorado
  • Communication
  • Community Participation / economics
  • Community Participation / methods*
  • Community-Institutional Relations*
  • Cultural Characteristics
  • Epidemiologic Studies*
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American*