Title: Action research to support the Complementary Health in Partnership (CHIPS) integrated complementary health service.
Project Timescale: From 01 September, 2003 to 27 April, 2004
(Added to website on: 02 August, 2004 : Date last updated : 06 February, 2013)
Source of Funding:
Local community funding
Aims: To develop and optimise the CHIPS service through: - interviews and focus groups with service users and professionals; - co-inquiry groups of users and professionals to discuss findings and make recommendations for service development
Research Designs Used:
Methods Used to Collect Data:
Other (please specify): Co-inquiry groups
Research Project Description: Setting: 2 primary care practices in inner city New Deal area, where an integrated complementary health service is provided. Project in 2 cycles: 1. Interview and focus groups of service users, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapists and mainstream health professionals. 2. Data analysed by contract researcher and service user group working together, with findings going back to co-inquiry groups drawn from original interviewees. Final report with recommendations written by contract researcher and service user group.
Members of the public involved in the research project: CHIPS service users
Stages at which the public were involved:
Managing the research
Analysing the research
Description of Public Involvement in Research Stages: Service users represented on an overall CHIPS Research Steering Group (Steering role). Service users involved in analysis and reporting (User Research Group). Service users interviewed in first cycle and involved in co-inquiry groups in second cycle.
Training and support provided for either members of the public or researchers involved in the project:
Examples of ways the public have made a difference to the research project: Involvement in CHIPS Research Group (oversight role). Active involvement in data analysis, report writing and recommendations. Involvement in persuading Research Group and CHIPS managers to continue action research process through implementation and review phases.
Evaluating the impact of public involvement in the research:
Details of Publications or Reports resulting from the Research: CHIPS Action Research : Final Report of research project conducted between September 2003 and April 2004. Available from Community at Heart, Salisbury Street, Barton Hill. Bristol BS5 9WD. Article to be submitted to Work Based Learning in Primary Health Care.
Links to Reports:
Articles planned for the future:
Action Arising from the Research Project: Action research to continue through cycles of implementation and review
Are service users or carers authors: Not Known
Was your project user controlled: Not Known
For further information on the Project, please contact:
Mr James Nichol
Complementary Health in Partnership
c/o Community at Heart
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