Syst Rev. 2022 Oct 28;11(1):233. doi: 10.1186/s13643-022-02080-6.
BACKGROUND: Indigenous women in North America experience multiple inequities in terms of health and well-being when compared to non-Indigenous women and Indigenous men. In an effort to understand these health disparities, there has been a surge of research in the field of Indigenous women’s health and well-being over the last 20 years. The objective of this study is to conduct a scoping review of the most current research in this field to determine which theoretical frameworks are being used to study which topics in Indigenous women’s health and well-being in North America.
METHODS: The scoping review protocol used was designed to follow an iterative six-step process as laid out by Arksey and O’Malley. Peer-reviewed, academic articles from the following databases were identified: Academic Search Complete, Native Health Database, Web of Science, Google Scholar, Bibliography of Native North America, Sociological Abstracts, Gender Watch, and Indigenous Peoples of North America. Two team members subsequently conducted two screens of titles and abstracts to include articles which focused exclusively on Indigenous women’s health and well-being published between 2011 and 2021. The literature considered focused on Indigenous women’s health and well-being and explicitly states their use of critical theoretical frameworks (e.g., Indigenous feminist, intersectionality, Indigenous resurgence, feminist, critical race) or community-based participatory research (CBPR). Data analysis will involve quantitative and qualitative descriptions.
DISCUSSION: The results of our scoping review (in progress) will map out the current field of Indigenous women’s health research. Our findings will highlight the theoretical frameworks operationalized in research on Indigenous women’s health, identify gaps therein, and provide a basis for understanding how these theoretical lenses shape questions, methodologies, analysis, and implications of academic research.