Participatory Research

Tetley, Josie and Hanson, Elizabeth (2000). Participatory Research. Nurse Researcher, 8(1) pp. 69–86.

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Abstract

Participatory research, emancipatory research, consumer involvement and consumer consultation are currently 'in vogue' methodologies for those researching the needs of actual and potential users of services. Indeed, policy makers and those funding research are actively encouraging studies which consult with, or involve, the public in the development of new and existing health and social care services. This paper gives an overview of the nature of participatory research, the underpinning issues and demonstrates some of the challenges that can arise when using this approach. The focus will largely be upon the use of participatory research with older adults, drawing on examples from a research project that consulted extensively with family carers and older people in order to develop technology for use in care.

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