Methods

Research in health disparities and minority aging requires adaptation of standard research methods to ensure equitable inclusion of diverse older adults and the collection of valid self-reported data on health.  We provide a framework that lists traditional steps in research and for each step, describes the additional issues involved in health disparities and minority aging research, and notes how qualitative methods contribute to the adaptation of the research process at each stage.  

Nápoles-Springer AM, Stewart AL.  Overview of qualitative methods in research with diverse populations: making research reflect the population, Medical Care, 2006;44(Suppl 3):S5-S9. PMID:17060835.

In these sections, we provide resources addressing the following methodological issues facing health disparities researchers.