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'What difference does it make?' Finding evidence of the impact of mental health service user researchers on research into the experiences of detained psychiatric patients

Steven Gillard, Rohan Borschmann, Kati Turner, Norman Goodrich-Purnell, Kathleen Lovell, Mary Chambers



BACKGROUND: Interest in the involvement of members of the public in health services research is increasingly focussed on evaluation of the impact of involvement on the research process and the production of knowledge about health. Service user involvement in mental health research is well-established, yet empirical studies into the impact of involvement are lacking. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the potential to provide empirical evidence of the impact of service user researchers (SURs) on the research process. DESIGN: The study uses a range of secondary analyses of interview transcripts from a qualitative study of the experiences of psychiatric patients detained under the Mental Health Act (198..

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