Fire and Smoke: Using Indigenous Research Methodologies to Explore the Psychosocial Impact of Pediatric Burns on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families
International Journal of Qualitative Methods
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and adolescents are disproportionately affected by burn injuries, yet often omitted from burns literature or inadequately portrayed under Western frameworks. We highlight and address the urgent need for knowledge about pediatric burns among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be produced from within Indigenous research methodologies and in response to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ expressed needs. Through the use of decolonial ethnography, we applied a novel combination of participant observations, retrospective thinking aloud, and yarning methods to explore the psychosocial impact of pediatric burn injuries and care on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. To our knowledge, this is the first example of these three methods being interwoven to explore a multifaceted health issue and in a way that privileges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' knowledge systems, voices, and experiences. We suggest that these approaches have strong relevance and potential for other complex issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
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National Health and Medical Research Council