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Step 11 - Dissemination and action

Dissemination and action

Cultural competence in:

Cultural competence in dissemination and action

Development of cultural competence in the health research workforce

Investigators and research team members from all ethnic backgrounds can benefit from examination of their own cultural biases. Through self-reflection and exchange of views, the research team can examine and address different cultural conceptions of the research, mental health goals, and scientific procedures aimed at understanding and promoting positive development of ethnic minority children and youths” (Fisher, Hoagwood, Boyce, Duster, Frank, Grisso, Levine, Macklin, Spencer, Takanishi, Trimble, & Zayas 2002;Fisher & Wallace 2000).

 “Investigators must provide all members of the research team with training in the cultural competencies necessary to conduct research with the racial and ethnic populations involved in the study in order to ensure the highest quality of data collection. Principal investigators should also encourage staff to provide ongoing feedback about participants’ responses to recruitment practices, experimental procedures, instruments, and all aspects of the research. This feedback will allow investigators to evaluate the effectiveness of the procedures and the need for culturally appropriate methodological adjustments.

The implications of a documented lack of diversity among researchers, as noted by Gil and Bob in the context of the American Psychological Association (Gil & Bob 1999), also needs further consideration in the Australian context.

Advocacy – acting upon the evidence as soon as it is available

The results of health research on culturally and socially disadvantaged groups need to be acted upon as soon as the evidence comes to hand. See the damaging comments about chronically inadequate responses to damning statistics revealed by the Public Report Card 2002 No More Excuses, produced by the Australian Medical Association's Task Force on Indigenous Health. (Bauert, McMaugh, Martin, & Smylie 2003)