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Title: The role of service user research in generating knowledge-based health and social care: From conflict to contribution.
Author: Beresford, P.
Date Published: 2007
Reference: Evidence & Policy, 3(3), 329-341.
Are service users or carers authors: Yes


This paper draws on a review of user-controlled research to explore the potential contribution of service user knowledge and research to developing evidence-based policy and practice in health and social care.

It discusses what is understood as 'valid' knowledge and the value of service users' experiential knowledge.

It also identifies the benefits of users leading research as:

  • the research is more likely to address issues of relevance to service users because it comes from them and addresses their concerns
  • it identifies and opens up new areas for research
  • the research is likely to have a more inclusive approach that encourages more diverse involvement
  • it brings personal benefits to the people involved including greater self-confidence and a sense of empowerment
  • it makes research a more positive experience for the participant
  • it is committed to making change.

In summary, service users describe user-controlled research as 'filling the gaps that may be left by other research approaches'.

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Categories: health
public health
social care
impact on research
impact on service users involved
impact on implementation and change
impact of public involvement
reflecting on public involvement in research
journal article

Date Entered: 2009/01/27

Date Edited: 2012/11/21

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