A Review of Community-Based Participatory Research in Child Health

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To review published studies that use an authentic community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach in child health to highlight the benefits, barriers, and scope of this approach with pediatric populations.


Studies using CBPR in child health were identified using PubMed, Scopus, and Web of Science through MeSH heading and keyword searches. Keywords included “community-based participatory research” and “child,” “youth,” and “adolescent.” Literature reviews and community-placed articles were excluded.


A total of 34 CBPR studies focused on child health were identified and analyzed for this review. The most common child health issue in these studies was obesity/diabetes. Other child health topics included health needs assessments, reproductive health, female health, HIV treatment, physical activity, mental health, maternal/child health, substance abuse, asthma, and youth with disabilities/special healthcare needs.


CBPR offers a unique approach for translating evidence-based models and research knowledge from child health into effective and sustainable interventions.

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