Mckeown, Mick, Malihi-shoja, Lisa, Hogarth, Russell, Jones, Fiona, Holt, Keith, Sullivan, Peter, Lunt, John, Vella, Jacqui, Hough, Graham, Rawcliffe, Louise and Mather, Marie
The value of involvement from the perspective of service users and carers engaged in practitioner education: Not just a cash nexus.
Nurse Education Today, 32
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2011.07.012
This paper presents qualitative findings emergent from a participatory action research (PAR) study focused on developing service user and carer involvement in a university setting. The involvement of these experts by experience in practitioner education for health and social care, and nursing in particular, is now an international phenomenon. Adhering to the philosophy and practices of PAR, the project and the writing of this paper have been collectively produced. Data has been organised using simple thematic analysis into three broad themes accounting for different ways in which participating service users and carers obtain a sense of value from their involvement. We have titled these themes: a more positive sense of self; social and relational benefits; altruism in activism. Drawing on these participant narratives we develop an understanding of the relationship between involvement and reward that does not simply reflect value in payment.
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