Clinical Interventions

Clinical Intervention Studies and Population Health Research

1.Research design

  • Note the points made previously that research should be designed to contribute to equity, not hide or support continued inequities.
  • If ethnicity is a variable of analysis in your research, please ensure you use standardised definitions of ethnicity and methods of ethnicity data collection. 
  • If you are using existing datasets, you will need to consider the accuracy and completeness of ethnicity within the dataset. For discussion on this issue, see Hauora IV Appendix Three.
  • Consideration your sample if you are researching in an area where there are inequities. If your sample has inadequate representation of Māori, you may perpetuate these inequities. The Te Ara Tika framework insists that you reflect whether or not your study needs to have the power to analyse Māori outcomes independently (see “equal explanatory power”), and how you will achieve this.

2. Consent

  • Most researchers are familiar with procedures for obtaining individual consent. Te Ara Tika identifies that, at times, individual written consent may not be sufficient. For a further discussion of collective consent, see the discussion paragraph (Pages 15 - 17) on "informed consent" in the Te Ara Tika document.
  • Consent may be of particular importance and sensitivity in studies involving the use of human tissue, body fluids and DNA, including ones that plan for their storage and future use. Projects that plan such procedures should be discussed with the Tumuaki.

3: Consultation

You need to consider: Why do it, for what purpose, with whom, how and allow time...

  • Consultation with Māori is a minimal obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi, and an expectation of the University under its delegated Crown responsibilities. The level and depth of consultation will vary according to the type of research project.
  • Consultation may improve your research project and draw your attention to key Māori stakeholders and improve your dissemination and knowledge transfer outcomes.
  • Think about the need for consultation with Māori EARLY in research design.
  • Relationships with Māori stakeholders will be on a continuum, from simple provision of information and dissemination of research findings, to a deeper relationship based on partnership.
  • A number of researchers will already have Māori individuals and/or groups involved in their project. However consultation with the Office of the Tumuaki is still a requirement. For researchers without Māori involvement, key Māori stakeholders may be recommended. Te Ara Tika also provides some support.
  • Consultation, by definition, includes a feedback loop. It is essential that you provide a brief summary of your research findings to the Office of the Tumuaki and Māori stakeholders as part of your dissemination process. Additional processes may be suggested.

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