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This book was developed during a five-year research programme funded by the UK’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). This study aimed to improve service user and carer involvement in care planning in mental health services. The study was called Enhancing the Quality of User Involved Care Planning in Mental Health Services (EQUIP). Its aim is to help other public and patient representatives increase their understanding and skills in research methods. The EQUIP programme used a range of different research methods to achieve its goals, and you will read more about these as you progress through this book. More detail on the EQUIP programme is provided on page 8. As part of our work on EQUIP, we developed The EQUIP programme involved patient and and delivered a successful research methods public representatives with lived experience course for service users and carers. The aim of mental health services, but all of the of this course was to help these individuals research methods that we discuss are used engage with our research and research team in both physical and mental health research. and to work together in true partnership. Whatever your background, or health experiences, this handbook could be helpful. This book has arisen out of our partnership, and has been co-written with our service users and carers. A Research Handbook for Patient and Public Involvement Researchers How this book came about How this book is presented Each chapter will provide a brief overview and outline key learning objectives before moving onto the...

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