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Making activism a participatory, inclusive and developmental process: a research programme involving mental health service users

Bryant, Wendy and Cordingley, Kevin and Adomako, Ellen and Birken, Mary (2019) 'Making activism a participatory, inclusive and developmental process: a research programme involving mental health service users.' Disability and Society, 34 (7-8). 1264 - 1288. ISSN 0968-7599

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Abstract

Understanding real-world experiences and issues is a priority for research funders, yet there are challenges in directly engaging with people for evaluation and investigation of the professional services they receive. Much professional work takes place within institutional restrictions, arising from legislation, policy and local practices. Collaborative research is therefore complex but relevant for improving services. This research programme started in 2002 with focus group research, led by occupational therapists based in a local National Health Service trust and a university, followed by eight further projects including a Photovoice project. This programme and our perspectives from reflections suggest we do not always know who we are, what we want or who cares about research outcomes, but it is important to embrace the potential of activism, to energise and focus people for positive action, wherever they are based.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: User involvement, occupational therapy, participatory action research, research programme
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2021 10:05
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2021 10:05
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/30570

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