This report summarises the findings from an evaluation of 45 studies selected at random from the Mental Health Research Network (MHRN) portfolio. The lead researchers from these studies were interviewed to find out how they had involved service users in their research and what difference this had made. Nine projects were then shortlisted to develop case studies. A second more in-depth interview was carried out with the lead researcher as well as with a service user from each project. The case studies illustrate what factors contributed to the success of the involvement and what might have been improved. A series of recommendations for good practice have been developed from the common themes that emerged across all the case studies.
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Categories: report service users and carers researchers research commissioners mental health survivors general principles of good practice lessons from direct experience of involvement identifying and prioritising topics designing of research recruitment managing research undertaking research analysing and interpreting data writing up and disseminating recruiting people to be actively involved in research training and supporting service users staff in research organisations General guidance on involving the public in research
Date Entered: 2012/03/20
Date Edited: 2012/03/26