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Title: Developing the theoretical basis for service user/survivor-led research and equal involvement in research.
Author: Beresford, P.
Date Published: 2005
Reference: Epidemiologia e Psichiatria Sociale, 14(1), 4-9.
Are service users or carers authors: Yes


This article is written from the perspective of a service user/survivor. It explores ideas about the value of different types of knowledge and tests the hypothesis that the shorter the distance there is between direct experience and its interpretation, then the less distorted, inaccurate and damaging resulting knowledge is likely to be.

The author argues that this idea provides support for user-led research and challenges the traditional emphasis on positivist assumptions of 'distance', 'neutrality' and 'objectivity'. He also discusses ways in which to improve the quality of research and enable more equal involvement of service users as researchers.

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

Date Entered: 2007/02/27

Date Edited: 2012/12/06

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