Journal article

Engagement as co-constructing knowledge: A moral necessity in public health research

Bridget Pratt

BIOETHICS | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

Undertaking engagement in public health research is ethically essential. There is a growing emphasis on practicing engagement as the co-construction of knowledge, which goes beyond other common forms of engagement in health research practice: consulting and informing. Taking such an approach means researchers jointly construct knowledge with research users and beneficiaries; all parties design and conduct research together and share decision-making power. This article makes the normative argument that such engagement is necessary to achieve the foundational moral aims of public health research-building relations of equality and addressing the health needs of those considered disadvantaged-wh..

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