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Indigenous Health

Indigenous positioning in health research: The importance of Kaupapa Māori theory informed practice
Understanding how to undertake Kaupapa Māori research can be a challenge for emerging health researchers. Unless emerging researchers have exposure to Kaupapa Māori theory or senior Māori health research expertise, the challenge of undertaking Kaupapa Māori research within health research contexts can seem daunting, and for some, too difficult to attempt. This article , published in AlterNative, summarizes what an Indigenous positioning means to me as a health researcher, medical practitioner, academic and Māori community member, and why it is more than just a methodological approach.

Māori patients’ experiences and perspectives of chronic kidney disease: a New Zealand qualitative interview study
The objective of this study, published in BMJ Open, was to explore and describe Māori patients’ experiences and perspectives of chronic kidney disease (CKD), as these are largely unknown for indigenous groups with CKD.

Systematic review of rheumatic disease phenotypes and outcomes in the Indigenous populations of Canada, the USA, Australia and New Zealand
The authors of this paper, published in Rheumatology International, performed a systematic review designed to characterize clinical phenotypes and outcomes in Indigenous populations with rheumatic disease to enhance the understanding of how rheumatic disease presents in Indigenous populations and allow for better projection of the healthcare needs of the communities affected.