Abstract: This article reflects on how neuroscience research can be enriched through community and consumer involvement. The authors comment that it is important to make this research accessible and relevant to consumers and carers. For example, they highlight the importance of not describing the aims of the research in terms of reducing a ‘burden’ on society, and suggest finding a shared language that emphasises hope and possibility for consumers. This is in keeping with the current focus in mental health research on recovery. They suggest that involvement adds value to even the most basic research, by ensuring: better integration of social, psychological and biological perspectives on the cause of ill-health; more respectful communication with consumers and carers; encouraging a focus on recovery; and consumer priorities influence the research agenda.
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Categories: health reflecting on public involvement in research journal article
Date Entered: 2015/07/06
Date Edited: 2015/07/06