Research question #2

There has been quite a lot of viewing of this item so I thought it might be useful to put up an illustration of what I mean by public involvement in research. Here’s a possible situation to think about. It isn’t an actual study but it parallels some of the problems that can arise:

Supposing a research team looking at stress management approaches a small workforce, 10-12 people max, and says they want to teach stress management techniques to everyone. Then they want to come in regularly over the next few months to give them questionnaires and interview them about how that’s working. All but one person thinks it’s a good idea and wants in but one person would rather not take part.

Here are the questions:

1. What thoughts do you think it might bring up for the person who doesn’t want to take part?

2. What can the research team do to make it easy for the person to opt out?

3. What else would you like to say about this situation?

Get Involved with Research

crowdThis is an experiment. If we post research questions and ideas, would you folks out there, the public, think about them, comment and help us shape our work? Well, let’s give it a go shall we? The first question is about this very thing and it’s on its own page, where it will stay because it’s over-arching.

New questions will be posted here so the comments can follow on in order. And if you have ideas for mental health and learning disability research you think should get some attention, why not tell us? All your comments will be read and, unless they are offensive or off-topic, they’ll stay on the site.