A literature review for more equitable community research - IOUH
Written by Shaun Danquah May 06, 2022

Categories: Blog, CR Blogs, Literature Reviews


“We want to make sure that when health research is carried out, communities are an equal partner and are not left outside the room to observe as only as participants.”


Historically, health research has not considered the experiences of black people and people from other minority ethnic groups, leading to inequitable health insights.

At the start of the pandemic, Shaun Danquah and Paul Addae resolved to address this issue. Their aim, in partnership with Impact On Urban Health, was to describe how community research could and should consider voices that are too often unheard by health researchers in urban areas.

Their approach is based on the lived experiences of people within such communities. Those who have suffered from disadvantage and rejection, compounded by a lack of representation in health research.

They have produced a literature review which has the potential to generate equitable health insights. It covers these four areas:

  • Extractive approaches and ‘parachute’ models of research;
  • Mapping existing community research models and programmes;
  • Rethinking research ethics; and
  • Recommendations.


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