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Arthritis Self-management in Native Populations of British Columbia: An Application of Health Promotion and Participatory Research Principles in Chronic Disease Control

  • Patrick McGowan (a1) and Lawrence W. Green (a1)

Health promotion and participatory research present challenges and opportunities for extending the benefits of science to populations who have not fully benefited from innovations available through self-care and mutual aid. This paper illustrates some of the strengths, weaknesses, issues and problems in applying the approaches of health promotion and participatory research with First Nations populations for purposes of arthritis self-management. We suggest ways in which these experiences apply to the elderly. Preliminary results from our First Nations Arthritis Self-Management study illustrate participatory research and promising outcomes. The adaptability of these health promotion strategies in the First Nations community can be generalized to the elderly in the general population based on their common experience with arthritis and the advantages of participatory planning with distinguishable demographic groups who share a common identity.

La promotion de la santé et la recherche participative proposent aux scientifiques un défi fascinant: mettre à la portée de populations difficiles à rejoindre les bénéfices de l'adaptation, de l'implantation et de la diffusion des découvertes et innovations dans les domaines de l'auto-santé et de la constitution des réseaux d'entraide. Cet article présente quelques-unes des forces et faiblesses, de même que certains problèmes et controverses associés à une application de l'approche de promotion de la santé couplée à une recherche participative, auprès de populations autochtones, concernant l'auto-traitement de l'arthrite. Nous explorons aussi comment ces expériences pourraient être appliquées auprès des personnes âgées. Les premiers résultats de notre étude sur l'auto-traitement de l'arthrite dans les populations autochtones illustrent comment une recherche participative peut être implantée dans une population spécifique, et sont intéressants du point de vue des possibilités d'adaptation de ces stratégies de promotion de la santé dans des populations de personnes âgées ou des populations autochtones.

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