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Title: Ethical Use and Impact of Participatory Approaches to Research in Post-Disaster Environments: An Australian Bushfire Case Study.
Author: Gibbs L, Block K, MacDougall C, Harms L, Baker E, Richardson J, Ireton G,1 Gallagher H, Bryant R, Lusher D, Pattison P, Watson J, Gillett J, Pirrone A, Molyneaux R, Sexton-Bruce S and Forbes D.
Date Published: 2018
Reference: BioMed Research International doi.org/10.1155/2018/5621609
Are service users or carers authors: No/Not Known

Abstract: This paper presents a case study of Beyond Bushfires, a large, multisite study of the psychosocial impacts of major bushfires in Victoria, Australia. A participatory approach was employed throughout the study which was led by a team of academics in partnership with service providers and government representatives. It used on-site visits and multiple methods of communication with communities across the state to inform decision-making throughout the study. The community involvement helped to make the study ethical and sensitive to the context of talking to people following a major disaster. It also influenced a wide range of decisions made during the study about the design, recruitment, analysis and dissemination. The partners who were involved were able to use the findings to make immediate change to their policy and practice to better meet the needs of community members. The learning will have value for future planning of disaster relief.

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Categories: public health
Designing research
Analysing and interpreting
Writing up and disseminating
impact on research ethics
impact on service users involved
impact on implementation and change
impact of public involvement
journal article
Recruitment
Implementation and change

Date Entered: 2018/11/28

Date Edited: 2018/11/28

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