A Review of Community-Based Participatory Research Studies to Promote Physical Activity Among African Americans
Background: As part of the planning process for new research, the literature on community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches for promoting physical activity in African American communities was systematically reviewed.
Methods: Studies published through October 31, 2015 that employed CBPR methods were identified using PubMed and CINAHL databases and MeSH terms and keyword searches.
Results: A total of 15 studies met the search criteria. One focused on CBPR and physical activity among African American school children and adolescents, 13 on adults, and one on both children and adults. Seven studies employed CBPR methods to promote physical activity in church settings. Eight of the studies had a pre-/post-test design, three had a quasiexperimental design, three had a randomized controlled design, and one was a case study.
Conclusions: Additional CBPR studies and faith-based interventions are needed to identify effective ways to promote physical activity in African American communities to address health disparities. Of particular interest are those that have an adequate sample size and a rigorous design, to overcome limitations of previous studies.
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Coughlin, Steven S. and Smith, Selina A.
"A Review of Community-Based Participatory Research Studies to Promote Physical Activity Among African Americans,"
Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association: Vol. 5:
3, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/jgpha/vol5/iss3/5