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Title: ‘There's just no flexibility’: How space and time impact mental health consumer research.
Author: Brett Scholz, Sarah Gordon, Julia Bocking, Jackie Liggins, Peter Ellis, Cath Roper, Chris Platania‐Phung, Brenda Happell.
Date Published: 2019
Reference: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Volume 28, Issue 4, Pages 899-908.
Are service users or carers authors: No/Not Known

Abstract: Academic researchers collaborating with consumer researchers benefit from their research having greater relevance, and being more clearly aligned with health policy. As with all research collaborations, such partnerships are both helped and hindered by the wider research system. This paper draws on ecological systems theory to further understand how the wider system impacts on collaborations between academic and consumer researchers. 11 academic researchers from a range of mental health disciplines were interviewed about their experiences collaborating with consumer researchers. The findings showed that both the local research culture and the broader research systems made a difference. External pressures (such as deadlines for funding applications, or bureaucratic processes) need to be challenged at the local level. Academic researchers might support collaborations through, for example, working to increase flexibility in research timelines, or making time for relationship building, thus supporting more meaningful collaborations.

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Date Edited: 2019/12/10

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