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Involving people who self-harm in research design

Involving people who self-harm in research design
Involving people who self-harm in research design
Background: Involving service users in mental health research is expected in the United Kingdom.

Purpose: This report outlines the process of exploring a proposed research project with a group of service users. The proposed research project is part of a doctoral pathway that was designed to explore the experiences in a general hospital of people who were admitted with self-harm in terms of their contact with mental health services.

Methods: A consultation event was held where the researcher outlined the proposed format of the project and the expected aims and outcomes. The group members were asked to consider the validity of the question being asked and to consider questions they felt needed to be asked as part of the process.

Results: The research question was amended in light of the consultation, and the process influenced the research methodology. Some interesting and unexpected linguistic points were noted during the consultation.

Conclusions/Implications for Practice: Although the process was time consuming in terms of setup, it was immeasurably valuable in adding real-world value to the project and ensuring that the research outcomes would be more likely to be meaningful to both service users and professionals alike.
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Walker, Sandy
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Walker, Sandy
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Walker, Sandy (2017) Involving people who self-harm in research design. Journal of Nursing Research, 68-70. (doi:10.1097/jnr.0000000000000208).

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Abstract

Background: Involving service users in mental health research is expected in the United Kingdom.

Purpose: This report outlines the process of exploring a proposed research project with a group of service users. The proposed research project is part of a doctoral pathway that was designed to explore the experiences in a general hospital of people who were admitted with self-harm in terms of their contact with mental health services.

Methods: A consultation event was held where the researcher outlined the proposed format of the project and the expected aims and outcomes. The group members were asked to consider the validity of the question being asked and to consider questions they felt needed to be asked as part of the process.

Results: The research question was amended in light of the consultation, and the process influenced the research methodology. Some interesting and unexpected linguistic points were noted during the consultation.

Conclusions/Implications for Practice: Although the process was time consuming in terms of setup, it was immeasurably valuable in adding real-world value to the project and ensuring that the research outcomes would be more likely to be meaningful to both service users and professionals alike.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 June 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 12 May 2017
Organisations: Faculty of Health Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 395331
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/395331
ISSN: 1682-3141
PURE UUID: 6e8e6bf8-f284-43cf-9094-3dcb5431b5ae
ORCID for Sandy Walker: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1826-1201

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Date deposited: 14 Jun 2016 10:37
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:36

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