Community-Based Participatory Intervention Research with American Indian Communities: What is the State of the Science?

Jordan B. Hearod, Marianna S. Wetherill, Alicia L. Salvatore, Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan

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We conducted a 2-phase systematic review of the literature to examine the nature and outcomes of health research using a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach with AI communities to assess both the value and the impact of CBPR, identify gaps in knowledge, and guide recommendations for AI research agendas. Using PRISMA guidelines, we searched the peer-reviewed literature published from 1995 to 2016 and identified and reviewed 42 unique intervention studies. We identified and catalogued key study characteristics, and using the Reliability-Tested Guidelines for Assessing Participatory Research Projects, we quantified adherence to participatory research principles across its four domains. Finally, we examined any association between community participation score and health outcomes. The majority of studies (76.7%) used an observational study design with diabetes, cancer, substance abuse, and tobacco being the most common topics. Half of the articles reported an increase in knowledge as the primary outcome. Our findings suggest that a CBPR orientation yields improved community outcomes. However, we could not conclude that community participation was directly associated with an improvement in health outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-52
Number of pages14
JournalCurrent Developments in Nutrition
StatePublished - 13 Feb 2019


  • American Indian
  • CBPR
  • community-based participatory research
  • intervention science
  • Native American
  • systematic review


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