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Title: Participative mental health research: Users and professional researchers working together.
Author: Ramon, S.
Date Published: 2000
Reference: Mental Health Care, 31(7), 224-228.
Are service users or carers authors: No/Not Known


This paper describes two research projects that involved mental heath service users in research. The first was an evaluation of a user-run information and support organisation. The second aimed to explore the experiences of people with personality disorders.

Involvement in the projects helped service users to:

  • become familiar with research and learn the skills for themselves
  • gain confidence
  • enjoy the creative elements of the project
  • feel like they were contributing again, being socially useful and acknowledged.

The researchers benefited from:

  • a better understanding of the lives of service users and lay perceptions of research that allowed them greater reflection and a more critical perspective
  • more truthful information from the research participants than would have otherwise been possible.

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Categories: health
Identifying topics, prioritising and commissioning
Designing research
Undertaking research
Writing up and disseminating
impact on research
impact on service users involved
impact on researchers
impact of public involvement
journal article

Date Entered: 2009/01/28

Date Edited: 2012/11/20

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