This chapter defines and introduces the different stages of the research
process: from identifying a problem, to reviewing the literature; then
developing a research question; designing a study; obtaining funding and
ethical approval; recruiting participants; collecting and analysing data;
and reporting and disseminating findings. This chapter outlines how users of
health services, their carers and family members, and other members of the
public can be involved in these different research stages, and demonstrates
the impact that this involvement can have. Examples of different ways of
involving and engaging public members in research studies are drawn from the
Enhancing the Quality of User-Involved Care Planning in Mental Health
Services (EQUIP) research programme.
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