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Mental health service users in researchCritical sociological perspectives$
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Patsy Staddon

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447307334

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447307334.001.0001

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Alternative futures for service user involvement in research

Alternative futures for service user involvement in research

Chapter:
(p.153) Eleven Alternative futures for service user involvement in research
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Mental health service users in research
Author(s):

Hugh McLaughlin

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447307334.003.0011

Potential futures for service user researchers and co-researchers are critically examined here. In order to do this the chapter first critiques the notion of a service user and identifies a typology of involvement before we then begin to tease out differing types of service user involvement in research as; direct, indirect or as an alternative research team member. Each of these types has their own strengths and weaknesses. Following this, how these types suggest potential alternative futures for service users in health and social care research is considered, acknowledging that the involvement can be both meaningful and meaningless.

Keywords:   critical, meaningful involvement, futures

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