Culturally adapting a physical activity intervention for Somali women: The need for theory and innovation to promote equity

Murray, Kate E., Ermias, Azieb, Lung, Amber, Mohamed, Amina Sheik, Ellis, B. Heidi, Linke, Sarah, Kerr, Jacqueline, Bowen, Deborah J., & Marcus, Bess H. (2016) Culturally adapting a physical activity intervention for Somali women: The need for theory and innovation to promote equity. Translational Behavioral Medicine. (In Press)

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Background: There is pressing need for innovation in clinical research to more effectively recruit, engage, retain, and promote health among diverse populations overburdened by health disparities.

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to provide a detailed illustration of the cultural adaptation of an evidence-based intervention to bolster translational research with currently underserved communities.

Methods: The cultural adaptation heuristic framework described by Barrera and colleagues is applied to the adaptation of a physical activity evidence-based intervention with adult Somali women.

Results: Widespread changes were required to ensure program feasibility and acceptability, including the reduction of assessment protocols and changes discordant with current trends in physical activity research.

Conclusions: The cultural adaptation of evidence-based interventions offers an important mechanism for reducing health disparities. Improved reporting standards, assessment of features relevant to underserved communities, and greater funding requirements to ensure better representation are needed to promote more widespread access for all people.

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ID Code: 98511
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: cross-cultural research, cultural adaptation, health disparities, translational research, physical activity interventions, refugee research
DOI: 10.1007/s13142-016-0436-2
ISSN: 1613-9860
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Society of Behavioral Medicine
Copyright Statement: The final publication is available at Springer via
Deposited On: 30 Aug 2016 23:20
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2016 17:22

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