Black and minority ethnic group involvement in health and social care research: A systematic review.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND

Patient and public involvement (PPI) in research is growing internationally, but little is known about black and minority ethnic (BME) involvement and the factors influencing their involvement in health and social care research.

OBJECTIVES

To characterize and critique the empirical literature on BME-PPI involvement in health and social care research.

SEARCH STRATEGY

Systematic searches of six electronic bibliographic databases were undertaken, utilizing both MeSH and free-text terms to identify international empirical literature published between 1990 and 2016.

INCLUSION CRITERIA

All study designs that report primary data that involved BME groups in health or social care research. Screening was conducted by two reviewers.

DATA EXTRACTION AND SYNTHESIS

Data extraction and quality appraisal were performed independently. Data extraction focused on the level(s) of PPI involvement and where PPI activity occurred in the research cycle. Studies were quality-assessed using the guidelines for measuring the quality and impact of user involvement in research. Data were analysed using a narrative approach.

MAIN RESULTS

Forty-five studies were included with the majority undertaken in the USA focusing on African Americans and indigenous populations. Involvement most commonly occurred during the research design phase and least in data analysis and interpretation.

CONCLUSION

This is the first systematic review investigating BME involvement in health and social care research internationally. While there is a widespread support for BME involvement, this is limited to particular phases of the research and particular ethnic subgroups. There is a need to understand factors that influence BME involvement in all parts of the research cycle.

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