A critical exploration of a collaborative Kaupapa M??ori consistent research project on physicianassisted dying

Author: Malpas, Phillipa; Anderson, Anneka; Wade, J; Wharemate, R; Paul, D; Jacobs, P; Jacobs, T; Rauwhero, J; Lunistra, D

Date: 2017-04-28

Publisher: New Zealand Medical Association

Type: Journal article

Link to this item using this URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/40457

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AIM: This paper critically explores the research approach undertaken by Maori and tauiwi researchers working alongside kaumatua within the context of physician-assisted dying. We critically explore the collaborative process we undertook in framing the research context and discuss the rewards and challenges that emerged. METHOD: The research this critical discussion draws on undertook a qualitative Kaupapa M??ori consistent research approach and drew on the principles of an Interface Research approach. The paper focuses on the collaborative approach taken between the 10 researchers involved in the study. RESULTS: Challenges identified within the collaborative Kaupapa M??ori consistent research process included: determining appropriate authority and representation of researchers and participants; maintaining clear communication; time and logistical management. The key strengths that emerged from this research design were: establishing a culturally safe and robust research process; an ability to build and maintain relationships between researchers and participants; and the opportunity to develop academic research skills between researchers and participants. CONCLUSION: Collaborative Kaupapa M??ori consistent research approaches to research can enable accountability, control and representation throughout the entire research process. Given the rich research results achieved and personal rewards gained from this study design, we would advocate for the application of such approaches within health research contexts.

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