User involvement in forensic mental health research and development

NHS National Programme on Forensic Mental Health Research and Development
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Service users are increasingly undertaking research themselves and/or campaigning for greater involvement in research. Some organisations are also undertaking user controlled research where decisions made at the different stages of the research process are in the control of service users themselves and are not just influenced by them. Several units or departments dedicated to user involvement in research have become established in the last few years, and other organisations have established programmes of work dedicated to 'user-led' research (which recognises and supports the potential of service users to undertake their own research). For some time now, the National Programme on Forensic Mental Health R&D has engaged users of mental health services on its Advisory Committee. In April 2002, it invited expressions of interest from people with a track record of research into user involvement, or organisations of service users, to produce an expert paper on user involvement in forensic mental health research. This paper is the result of that process. (Edited publisher abstract)

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mental health problems, mental health services, participatory research, research ethics, user led research, forensic psychiatry;
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United Kingdom
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