HIV Prevention in Canada

A Meta-Ethnographic Synthesis of Current Knowledge

Investigators: J. Gahagan (Principal), R. Jackson, K. Thomas, I. Culbert, T. Rogers, C. Archibald, B. Adam, M.
Dykeman, T. Prentice, and J. Mill

Over the last 25 years, Canadian researchers, policy makers, and non-governmental organizations have made significant strides developing our understanding and responding to the impact of HIV/AIDS, particularly through qualitative research efforts. Yet, there has been a lack of attention to integrating findings into a cohesive synthesis. This has important implications for future knowledge development, for the utilization of qualitative research in the practice of HIV prevention, and in the development of appropriate policy responses. This one-year project, “HIV Prevention in Canada: A Meta-Ethnographic Synthesis of Current Knowledge” is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and will systematically review the published qualitative evidence focused on HIV prevention related to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women in Canada. This review will identify, assess, and interpret the Canadian pool of knowledge specific to HIV prevention with the aim of guiding focused knowledge translation outputs for the Canadian context. The knowledge generated during the course of this project will be meaningful to community stakeholders (e.g., Aboriginal community members, women’s and Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal service organizations, etc.), academic audiences, and policy makers engaged in a response to HIV/AIDS across Canada. The research team includes academic researchers at Dalhousie University, the University of New Brunswick, the University of Windsor, and the University of Alberta, and national partners including the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, the Canadian AIDS Society, and the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange.

Funding provided by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research for $100,000 (April 2008 - April 2009).