Characteristics of CBPR

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is an orientation to research that alters the relationship between the researchers and the research participants. In traditional research, academicians define the research issues, determine how research is done and decide how outcomes are used. University-based departments and professional schools are generally the arbiters of who has the appropriate knowledge to define research and who is qualified to perform it. In contrast, CBPR is predicated on mutual ownership of the research process and products as well as shared decision making. – Minkler & Wallerstein (2003)

The term CBPR can also be applied to community-based participatory efforts to implement health enhancement programs that do not include research components at all. – Boutilier, Rajkumar, Poland, Tobin & Badgley (2001)

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