Kaupapa Māori Epidemiology in Health Research – Finding our own standards
Funder: Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, University of Auckland
Epidemiology is a tool used to shape policy, purchasing, evaluation and planning. Tools used in epidemiology may inadvertently better serve the interests of the numerically dominant population. This study critiqued and aimed to refine standard statistical tools and the way they are utilised, in order to better serve the interests of indigenous peoples. It focused specifically on methods of age-standardisation, confidence intervals, and other methods for adjusting for age. It also sought to develop safer processes for reporting, interpreting, and disseminating health data, in order to reduce the colonising aspects of quantitative research. This project will be of interest to health researchers and agencies, as well as other epidemiologists, Māori researchers and government agencies interested in Māori-non-Māori disparities.
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