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All in the Blood

Kowal, Emma, Greenwood, Ashley and McWhirter, Rebekah E. (2015). All in the Blood. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics,10(4):347-359.

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IRMA ID 83393865xPUB209
Title All in the Blood
Author Kowal, Emma
Greenwood, Ashley
McWhirter, Rebekah E.
Journal Name Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 10
Issue Number 4
ISSN 1556-2646   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84955261027
Start Page 347
End Page 359
Total Pages 13
Place of Publication United States
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Field of Research MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Public participation in medical research and biobanking is considered key to advances in scientific discovery and translation to improved health care. Cultural concerns relating to blood have been found to affect the participation of indigenous peoples and minorities in research, but such concerns are rarely specified in the literature. This article presents a review of the role of blood in Australian Aboriginal cultures. We discuss the range of meanings and uses of blood in traditional culture, including their use in ceremonies, healing, and sorcery. We draw on more recent literature on Aboriginal Australians and biomedicine to consider how traditional beliefs may be changing over time. These findings provide an empirical basis for researchers and bioethicists to develop culturally grounded strategies to boost the participation of Aboriginal Australians in biomedical research. They also serve as a model for integrating anthropological literature with bioethical concerns that could be applied to other indigenous and minority groups.
Keywords blood
biospecimen
Aboriginal
indigenous
culture
ethics
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1556264615604521   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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