• 16Dec

    Engaging South Asian families in setting public health priorities

    Researchers have used a co-production model to engage South Asian families in Leicester, in public health awareness and research prioritisation.

    The researchers identified that minority groups are not always included in priority setting exercises due to concerns about language and perceived difficulty with accessing communities.

    This study explores how using a co-production approach can deliver successful engagement, and stresses that achieving greater involvement is essential.

    The researchers carried out a healthcare professional survey, and focus groups with South Asian adolescents and families. A Punjabi- and Urdu-speaking community facilitator moderated focus groups. A British Sign Language interpreter assisted in the hard of hearing group.

    Concordant and discordant themes between healthcare professionals and families were identified.

    Healthcare professionals prioritised (i) public awareness on obesity, mental health, health-care access, vitamin D and routine health checks and (ii) research on nutrition, diabetes, health education and parenting methods.

    The families prioritized research into the effectiveness of alternative medicines, a theme not identified by healthcare professionals.

    Both groups prioritised increased research or public awareness on mental health illness, blood and organ donation, obesity and diet.

    Whilst healthcare professionals identified diabetes, vitamin D and rickets together with parenting methods were important priorities requiring increased public awareness, and these views were not shared by the South Asian families.

    You can read the full study, published in the Health Expectations Journal, here.

    Manikam, L., Shah, R., Reed, K., Santini, G. and Lakhanpaul, M. (2016), Using a co-production prioritization exercise involving South Asian children, young people and their families to identify health priorities requiring further research and public awareness. Health Expect. doi:10.1111/hex.12524