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Title: Editorial: Nurturing research partnerships with older people and their carers: Learning from experience.
Author: Davies, S. & Nolan, M.
Date Published: 2003
Reference: Quality in Ageing - Policy, practice and research, 4(4), 2-5.
Are service users or carers authors: No/Not Known


This edition of Quality in Ageing is devoted to the proceedings of a conference that explored research partnerships between older people, their carers and researchers.

The editorial highlights some of the papers in this edition and also reports on feedback from workshops at the conference. Workshop participants identifed the following benefits of research partnerships:
  • researchers focus on issues important to older people
  • research focuses on real issues and is action-oriented
  • challenges myths and stereotypes about ageing
  • involving older people as data collectors can make it easier for some people who feel more comfortable talking to their peers.

Benefits to people who are involved included:

  • feeling of making a postive contribution
  • participation in new activities
  • opportunities to make new friends and relationships
  • building confidence and developing new skills
  • greater visibility.

Negative experiences included:

  • feeling involvement is tokenistic
  • feeling let down or abandoned at the end of the research
  • unmet expectations of change.

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Categories: health
public health
social care
Identifying topics, prioritising and commissioning
Undertaking research
impact on research
impact on service users involved
impact on researchers
impact of public involvement
journal article

Date Entered: 2007/02/22

Date Edited: 2012/11/20

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