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Title: Critical perspectives on 'consumer involvement' in health research.
Author: Ward, P., Thompson, J., Barber, R., Armitage, C., Boote, J., Cooper, C. & Jones, G.
Date Published: 2010
Reference: Journal of Sociology, 46(1), 63-82.
Are service users or carers authors: Yes


This paper discusses the findings from a study of UK researchers' experiences and views of consumer involvement in health research. Two main themes are discussed:

  1. The 'know-do' gap which relates to the tensions between researchers' perceptions of the potential benefits of involvement and their actual practice. 
  2. One of the reasons for this 'know-do' gap -  researchers' concerns about the validity of lay knowledge in relation to professional knowledge and the likelihood of disagreement.

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Categories: health
public health
social care
reflecting on public involvement in research
journal article

Date Entered: 2010/09/28

Date Edited: 2012/11/20

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