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Involving Service Users in Health and Social Care Research

1st Edition

Edited by Lesley Lowes, Ian Hulatt


218 pages

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Service user involvement in research can range from the extremes of being the subject, to being the initiator or investigator, of a research study. The activity of the professional researcher can also range from being the person undertaking the research, to being a partner with, or mentor to, service users. This broad scope of levels of involvement is reflected in the contributions in this book, both in the research experiences reported and in the writing of the chapters themselves.

With contributions coming from a range of service areas including learning disabilities, cancer care, older people and mental illness, chapters look at important research issues such as:

  • strategies for working in true partnership
  • avoiding ‘tokenism’
  • involving service users at all stages of the research process
  • communication and terminology
  • involving service users of different ages and experience
  • training needs of professionals and service users
  • problems surrounding ‘payment’ for service users
  • other ethical and practical issues.

This book is invaluable reading for researchers in health and social care from academic, professional and service user backgrounds.


'This book is an eye-opener, an inspiration, and a hand-book all at the same time.' - Ingvar Karlberg.' - Professor of Health Services Research, Goteborg University

'We need more books like this, because we need to learn from others' experiences.' - mentalhealth today

Table of Contents

Foreword Introduction 1. Theory and Practice of User Involvement in Research: Making the Connection with Public Policy and Practice2. Actively Involving Marginalized and Vulnerable People in Research3. Supporting People with Learning Difficulties to do their own Research4. A Hard Fight: The Involvement of Mental Health Service Users in Research 5. Translating Health Policy into Research Practice6. Foster Carers Undertake Research into Birth Family Contact: Using the Social Action Research Approach7. From Recruitment to Dissemination: The Experience of Working Together from Service User and Professional Perspectives 8. Consumer-Led Research? Parents as Researchers: The Child Health Surveillance Project9. Consumer Involvement in Cancer Research in the United Kingdom: The Benefits and Challenges 10. Community Action to Housing and Health Research11. Helping Older People to Share the Research Journey12. Really Making it Happen in Wiltshire: The Experience of Service Users Evaluating Social Care13. Research with Children who Use NHS Services: Sharing the Experience14. From Rhetoric to Reality: The Involvement of Children and Young People with Mental Ill Health in Research15. Strategies for Involving Service Users in Outcomes Focused Research16. Working with Older Women in Research: The Opportunities and Dilemmas of Involvement17. Service User Involvement at All Stages of the Research Process18. Working Together to Undertake Research

About the Editors

Lesley Lowes is a Research Fellow/Practitioner in Paediatric Diabetes at the Nursing, Health and Social Care Research Centre, School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff University. Ian Hulatt is RCN Advisor for Mental Health Nursing, Royal College of Medicine, London.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Allied Health Services / General