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Migration, Nutrition and Ageing Across The Lifecourse in Bangladeshi Families: A Transnational Perspective (MINA)

Grant reference: RES-354-25-0002

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Involving community researchers to enhance the participation of Bangladeshi women in research
In the UK 27% of people aged between 50-64 report having a chronic condition such as diabetes and hypertension (ONS 2001). This proportion is substantially higher for Black and minority ethnic groups (BME) (e.g. 54% and 49% amongst those of Bangladeshi and Pakistani origin, respectively). The complex challenges of ageing within these migrant communities including barriers in communication, diverse cultural values and practices, changes in traditional family structure as well as experiences of racism and poverty leaves many BME elders feeling vulnerable and marginalised in the final phase of their life. Tailoring service provision to meet the needs of BME groups has been impeded by the paucity of reliable data related to specific ethnic groups. Conducting research with these communities, especially with some ethnic elders, can be challenging due to low recruitment rates, levels of literacy and lack of sufficient numbers of trained BME researchers. Drawing on the experiences of a transnational, mixed methods study of Migration, Nutrition and Ageing Across the Lifecourse in Bangladeshi Families (MINA), we explore the benefits and challenges of adopting a participatory approach involving community researchers. Community researchers were invaluable in identifying the most effective ways to engage with older Bangladeshi women and facilitated recruitment. The importance of valuing knowledge within the community whilst also creating opportunities to develop skills and career prospects for the community researchers will also be highlighted.
English

Primary contributor

Author Janice Thompson

Additional contributors

Co-author Joy Merrell
Co-author Barry Bogin
Co-author Petra Meier
Co-author Michael Heinrich
Co-author Vanja Garaj
Co-author Bablin Molik
Co-author Janice Thompson

Additional details

05 July 2011
British Society of Gerontology annual conference : understanding and promoting the value of older age
Plymouth
40th
05 July 2011

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Thompson, Janice et al Involving community researchers to enhance the participation of Bangladeshi women in research. British Society of Gerontology annual conference : understanding and promoting the value of older age, 40th, Plymouth, 2011.

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Thompson Janice et al. Involving community researchers to enhance the participation of Bangladeshi women in research. British Society of Gerontology annual conference : understanding and promoting the value of older age, 40th, Plymouth, 2011.