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Critical Perspectives on User Involvement$
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Marian Barnes and Phil Cotterell

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427519

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427519.001.0001

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Conclusion: Critical and different perspectives on user involvement

Conclusion: Critical and different perspectives on user involvement

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(p.225) Conclusion: Critical and different perspectives on user involvement
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Critical Perspectives on User Involvement
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Marian Barnes

Phil Cotterell

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427519.003.0023

The conclusion of the book moves from consideration of specific examples of involvement to reflect on the extent to which such developments as a whole can be considered to have led to a transformation in policy and services, and to have contributed to the achievement of social justice for those who use health and social care services. It suggests what we have learnt that might contribute to the positive realisation of aspirations for such practices. This chapter approaches this topic from rather different perspectives; from a position as a health practitioner then researcher committed to participatory methods; the other as a social scientist who has both studied user involvement and user movements, and been an ally of user and carer group and involvement initiatives. The chapter reflects on how these different perspectives influence thinking about this topic and considers the value of critical engagement between academics, practitioners and service users as a means of developing both practice and understanding.

Keywords:   critical perspectives, personal identities, social justice, participatory methods, involvement initiatives

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