‘What difference does it make?’ Finding evidence of the impact of mental health service user researchers on research into the experiences of detained psychiatric patients

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Gillard et al (2010) assert that service user involvement in mental health research is well-established, yet empirical studies into the impact of involvement is lacking.


This study aimed to investigate the potential to provide empirical evidence of the impact of Service User Researchers (SURs) on the research process. The study demonstrated the potential to develop a methodologically robust approach to evaluate empirically, the impact of SURs on research process and findings, and is indicative of the potential benefits of collaborative research for informing evidence-based practice in mental health services.