Adding SUGAR : service user and carer collaboration in mental health nursing research

Simpson, Alan, Jones, Julia, Barlow, Sally, Cox, Leonie, & Service User and Carer Group Advising on Research (SUGAR) (2014) Adding SUGAR : service user and carer collaboration in mental health nursing research. Journal of Psychosocial and Mental Health Nursing, 52(1), pp. 22-30.

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‘SUGAR: Service users and carers group advising on research’ is an exciting initiative established to develop collaborative working in mental health nursing research between mental health service users, carers, researchers and practitioners at City University London, UK. This paper will describe the background to SUGAR and how and why it was established; how the group operates; some of the achievements to date including researcher reflections; and case studies of how this collaboration influences our research.

Written reflective narratives of service user and carer experiences of SUGAR were analysed using constant comparative methods by the members. Common themes are presented with illustrative quotes. The article highlights the benefits and possible limitations identified so far by members of SUGAR; outlines future plans and considers the findings in relation to literature on involvement and empowerment. This paper has been written by staff and members of SUGAR and is the first venture into collaborative writing of the group and reflects the shared ethos of collaborative working.

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ID Code: 65455
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Patient and carer involvement , mental health nursing, research
DOI: 10.3928/02793695-20131126-04
ISSN: 0279-3695
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyrigh 2013 Slack, Inc.
Deposited On: 19 Dec 2013 00:01
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2014 14:45

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