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Title: Service user involvement in nursing, midwifery and health visiting research: A review of evidence and practice.
Author: Smith, E., Ross, F., Donovan, S., Manthorpe, J., Brearley, S., Sitzia, J. & Beresford, P.
Date Published: 2008
Reference: International Journal of Nursing Studies, 45(2), 298-315.
Are service users or carers authors: No/Not Known


Aim: To review the evidence and practice relating to service user involvement in nursing, midwifery and health visiting research.

Method: The researchers undertook a literature review as well as telephone interviews with researchers and service users with experience of involvement. A service user reference group worked with the research team throughout the project.

Findings: The authors describe the social and political ideas that have shaped involvement in research and the different ways in which it has been understood and developed. They identify the ways in which user involvement has had an impact at different stages of research and the practical challenges in taking involvement forward. They conclude that it is not possible to say that involving service users should always be undertaken in the same way to achieve the same benefits. The strength of user involvement depends on its unique purpose within any particular research project.

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Categories: health
public health
Identifying topics, prioritising and commissioning
Designing research
Undertaking research
Writing up and disseminating
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
Implementation and change

Date Entered: 2009/01/28

Date Edited: 2012/11/21

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