Establishing an expert mental health consumer research group: Perspectives of nonconsumer researchers

Brenda Happell*, Sarah Gordon, Cath Roper, Pete Ellis, Shifra Waks, Terri Warner, Brett Scholz, Chris Platania-Phung

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    Abstract

    Purpose: To explore the views and opinions of nonconsumer researchers to the concept of an Expert Consumer Researcher Group. Design and Methods: Qualitative exploratory involving individual interviews with nonconsumer mental health researchers experienced in working collaboratively with consumer researchers. Data were analyzed thematically. Findings: Participants viewed the concept positively, albeit with caution. Perceived advantages included: greater visibility and enhanced access; collegiality; sharing and creating expertise; broader acceptance; making it mandatory; and structure and location. Participants were concerned about potential tokenism and implementation barriers. Practice Implications: Consumer involvement enhances the quality and relevance of research, potentially impacting clinical practice.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)33-42
    Number of pages10
    JournalPerspectives in Psychiatric Care
    Volume57
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

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