Close menu


Sunderland Repository records the research produced by the University of Sunderland including practice-based research and theses.

Adapting participatory workshops to a virtual setting: Co-design with Muslim women of a faith-based intervention to encourage cancer screening uptake

Kotzur, Marie, Amiri, Rana, Gatting, Lauren, Robb, Katie, Ling, Jonathan, Mooney, John and Christie-de Jong, Floor (2023) Adapting participatory workshops to a virtual setting: Co-design with Muslim women of a faith-based intervention to encourage cancer screening uptake. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 22. ISSN 1609-4069

Item Type: Article


Early diagnosis of cancer through screening can reduce deaths and treatment burden if the people invited participate. Yet inequalities in screening participation remain: ethnic minority groups in particular experience barriers to cancer screening that need to be addressed in order to contribute to improving equality in health outcomes. Community-centred, participatory approaches can ensure that cancer screening interventions are culturally appropriate to the communities they are intended to serve. Virtual participatory research faces unique challenges in building the rapport required for successful collaboration between participants and researchers. This article describes the successful adaption of face-to-face participatory methods to co-designing, online, an intervention using faith-based messages to reduce cancer screening barriers. Based on the World Café method, we conducted four two-hour workshops by video call with a group of 10 Muslim women (29-65 years) from Glasgow, UK. Activities included i) plenary and small-group discussions, ii) graphic recording, and iii) expert presentations. The workshops covered four topics: Islam and health, screening barriers, faith-based messages for screening barriers, and delivering a faith-based intervention. Anonymous feedback questionnaires evaluating each workshop showed the women found the workshops interesting, informative, and helpful. They reported being glad they had participated. Our findings highlight the importance of interactive discussion and low participant burden to optimise online co-design. The workshops created a faith-based cancer screening intervention engaging and accessible to Muslim women.

MK_FaithBasedInterventionDvlpmManuscript_accepted_V1.0_1808202342.pdf - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (372kB) | Preview

More Information

Depositing User: Floor Christie


Item ID: 16630
Identification Number:
ISSN: 1609-4069
Official URL:

Users with ORCIDS

ORCID for Rana Amiri: ORCID iD
ORCID for Jonathan Ling: ORCID iD
ORCID for John Mooney: ORCID iD
ORCID for Floor Christie-de Jong: ORCID iD

Catalogue record

Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2023 12:34
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2023 17:15


Author: Rana Amiri ORCID iD
Author: Jonathan Ling ORCID iD
Author: John Mooney ORCID iD
Author: Floor Christie-de Jong ORCID iD
Author: Marie Kotzur
Author: Lauren Gatting
Author: Katie Robb

University Divisions

Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Medicine


Sciences > Health Sciences

Actions (login required)

View Item (Repository Staff Only) View Item (Repository Staff Only)