This paper, written by service users and researchers, is about the experience of a service user advisory group that was set up to advise an evaluation of diabetes services in Bradford. Service user members of the group reported the following benefits:
Advisory group members became key communication links between the research team and the wider community passing information in both directions. This gave the project greater credibility as well as access to different networks.
Researchers describe the benefits in terms of:
They also reported that service users suggested topics and research questions they had not considered and challenged some of the background assumptions and aims of the research.
The researchers also state that there were costs in terms of time and resources and that careful attention had to be paid to the role of the group, so they didn't stray off task or weren't used like a focus group by the researchers.
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Categories: health Identifying topics, prioritising and commissioning Designing research impact on research impact on research ethics impact on service users involved impact on researchers impact of public involvement journal article Recruitment
Date Entered: 2007/03/03
Date Edited: 2012/11/20