Establishing an expert mental health consumer research group: Perspectives of nonconsumer researchers
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PURPOSE: To explore the views and opinions of nonconsumer researchers to the concept of an Expert Consumer Researcher Group. DESIGN AND METHODS: Qualitative exploratory involving individual interviews with nonconsumer mental health researchers experienced in working collaboratively with consumer researchers. Data were analyzed thematically. FINDINGS: Participants viewed the concept positively, albeit with caution. Perceived advantages included: greater visibility and enhanced access; collegiality; sharing and creating expertise; broader acceptance; making it mandatory; and structure and location. Participants were concerned about potential tokenism and implementation barriers. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Consumer involvement enhances the quality and relevance of research, potentially impacting clinical practice.
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