Methodology for Indigenous Health Research Monitoring

INSPQ newsletters reporting on research into Indigenous health address public health issues that are relevant to Indigenous health professionals and support workers. These issues include but are not limited to:

  • Specific public health issues (e.g., COVID-19)
  • Social determinants of health and wellbeing in Indigenous communities (Identified using the health inequalities and social determinants of Aboriginal peoples’ health model proposed by Reading and Wien (2009).
  • Use of psychoactive substances and addictions (tobacco, cannabis, alcohol, opioids, etc.)
  • Prevention of chronic diseases (diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, etc.)
  • Food security, subsistence and traditional diets
  • Social inequalities in health
  • Early childhood and child development (0–5 years of age)
  • Promotion of wellbeing and mental health
  • Cultural safety, preventive interventions and health promotion
  • Traditional knowledge in health and wellbeing, prevention and health promotion
  • Culturally adapted research and evaluation methods applied to prevention and health promotion

A forward-looking, non-exhaustive process of monitoring scientific and grey literature is conducted on an ongoing basis. The RSS feed of organizations with recognized expertise in public health, as well as of Canadian and international Indigenous organizations, are scanned with Inoreader using keywords. Newsletters published by recognized public health organizations are also consulted.

The following databases are queried: Global Health, AgeLine, CINAHL, Environment Complete, ERIC, Health Policy Reference Center, MEDLINE Complete, Political Science Complete, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, PsycINFO, Public Affairs Index and SocINDEX with full text in the EBSCO Host and Ovid platforms. *Note that the current research monitoring strategy will be expanded moving forward.

The manual selection of publications by the Indigenous Health team is based on the title and abstract for the descriptive section and on the actual text for the analytical section.

Articles meeting the following criteria may be selected for inclusion in the research monitoring newsletter:

  • Relevance to one of the topics listed above
  • Publications targeting First Nations, Inuit, Cree and Métis peoples living in a community or urban setting (including specific populations: children and youth; women and girls; men; the non‑binary, two-spirit community; and the elderly)
  • Publications addressing contexts that are comparable and relevant to health interventions in Québec: Québec, Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand, as well as some other countries that have had colonialist policies
  • Public health approach to prevention and health promotion; prevention of disease and psychosocial disorders; promising practices and approaches in prevention and the promotion of health and wellbeing; assessment of needs, programs, approaches to prevention and promotion; etc.
  • Publications in French or English

The selection of articles for inclusion in the newsletter is made by members of the project team based on relevance and current priorities. Specifically, priority is given to:

  • Systematic reviews and literature reviews
  • Empirical research into the topics listed above
  • Grey literature from important Indigenous health organizations (e.g., Health Canada, National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, Public Health Agency of Canada, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organisation, etc.);
  • Articles on the effectiveness of public health practices in Indigenous health (e.g., effectiveness of new practices, reassessment of the effectiveness of certain existing practices, etc.)
  • Articles sharing new knowledge that could inform public health practices
  • Not eligible for inclusion: letters to the editor, editorials, commentaries and opeds.


The French version is entitled « Méthodologie de la veille scientifique en santé des Autochtones ».


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