Supported by NIH NINR R01-NR02618, Sharol F. Jacobson, PI. The authors thank the Mvskoke Tribal Towns Organization Publications Advisory Committee, Toni Tripp-Reimer, and Janice Swanson for their helpful reviews of this manuscript.
Diabetes Research in an American Indian Community
Article first published online: 2 OCT 2007
Image: the Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Volume 30, Issue 2, pages 161–165, June 1998
How to Cite
Jacobson, S. F., Booton-Hiser, D., Moore, J. H., Edwards, K. A., Pryor, S. and Campbell, J. M. (1998), Diabetes Research in an American Indian Community. Image: the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 30: 161–165. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.1998.tb01273.x
- Issue published online: 2 OCT 2007
- Article first published online: 2 OCT 2007
- Accepted for publication May 9, 1997
- American Indians;
- field work
Purpose: To describe field experiences of a nurse-led team conducting collaborative research on diabetes with an American Indian community. Diabetes is of epidemic proportions among Indians. Methodological reports can assist nurse researchers to make important contributions to Indian health and diabetes care.
Organizing Framework: Wax's, stages of fieldwork: Initiation, fieldwork, post-field work.
Scope and Method: Report of key research experiences from all phases of a study with an Indian community (1988–1996). Based on review of classic literature, field notes, and team meetings.
Findings: Methodological literature on research with Indians and cultural tutelage by Indians were helpful but neither sufficient nor infallible. A long period of investigator presence in the community before beginning the research was extremely useful. The need for researchers to explain their presence and the contribution of research to the community was ongoing.
Conclusions: Wax's conception of field work as a dialectic process was supported. A collaborative, community focus and willingness to spend much time acquiring cultural knowledge can facilitate successful research on Indian health.