Community-based research as a tool for empowerment: the Haida Gwaii Diabetes Project example

Can J Public Health. 1996 Mar-Apr;87(2):109-12.


The evolution of the Haida Gwaii Diabetes Project exemplifies how community-based family practice research can be a tool for empowerment for both the community of research participants and the community based members of the research team. The aims of the project are to develop a better understanding of Haida beliefs about diabetes; to develop culturally sensitive approaches to prevention and management; and to attempt to apply this understanding to the development of a model for preventive health for native people in the province of British Columbia. A participatory research paradigm, coupled with explicit working principles by which the research team agreed to operate, addressed the concerns that the Aboriginal community had about the risks of research. A true working partnership has developed among all members of the research team, and with the Haida community.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • British Columbia
  • Community Health Workers / organization & administration*
  • Community Participation
  • Diabetes Mellitus / ethnology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / prevention & control
  • Faculty, Medical / organization & administration*
  • Family Practice / organization & administration*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American*
  • Interinstitutional Relations*
  • Power, Psychological
  • Research / organization & administration