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Title: Researching health inequalities with Community Researchers: practical, methodological and ethical challenges of an ‘inclusive’ research approach
Author: Salway, S., Chowbey, P., Such, E. and Ferguson, B.
Date Published: 2015
Reference: Research Involvement and Engagement 2015, 1:9
Are service users or carers authors: No/Not Known

Abstract: Public health research sometimes uses members of communities as researchers. These are called Community Researchers. The advantage of using Community Researchers is that it enables people who live in communities to participate in research by designing the research, gathering data and being involved in analysis. This ‘participatory’ approach also has the potential to reach communities that might otherwise not be included in research. There are few studies that report the experiences of Community Researchers who take part in such research. This study helps fill this gap by exploring the issues and challenges faced by Community Researchers involved in a study of health and poverty in ethnically mixed areas of east London, UK. Through the accounts of 12 researchers, the study reveals that being a community ‘insider’ had advantages: many felt they had been able to gain the trust of respondents and access people for the research that would have otherwise been missed. The role of Community Researcher was, however, difficult to manage with some researchers feeling burdened by their role and the increased knowledge they had about the lives of those in their community. In addition to the personal challenges for the Community Researchers, the findings raise various ethical and methodological issues that need consideration in participatory research.

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Categories: public health
Designing research
Undertaking research
Analysing and interpreting
impact on research
impact on service users involved
impact of public involvement
reflecting on public involvement in research
journal article
Recruitment

Date Entered: 2015/10/14

Date Edited: 2015/10/14

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