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Involving mental health service users in suicide-related research: a qualitative inquiry model


Lees, D and Procter, N and Fassett, D and Handley, C, Involving mental health service users in suicide-related research: a qualitative inquiry model, Nurse Researcher, 23, (4) pp. 30-34. ISSN 1351-5578 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.7748/nr.23.4.30.s7


Aim: To describe the research model developed and successfully deployed as part of a multi-method qualitative study investigating suicidal service-usersí experiences of mental health nursing care.

Background: Quality mental health care is essential to limiting the occurrence and burden of suicide, however there is a lack of relevant research informing practice in this context. Research utilising first-person accounts of suicidality is of particular importance to expanding the existing evidence base. However, conducting ethical research to support this imperative is challenging.

Discussion: The model discussed here illustrates specific and more generally applicable principles for qualitative research regarding sensitive topics and involving potentially vulnerable service-users.

Conclusion: Researching into mental health service users with first-person experience of suicidality requires stakeholder and institutional support, researcher competency, and participant recruitment, consent, confidentiality, support and protection.

Implications: Research with service users into their experiences of sensitive issues such as suicidality can result in rich and valuable data, and may also provide positive experiences of collaboration and inclusivity. If challenges are not met, objectification and marginalisation of service-users may be reinforced, and limitations in the evidence base and service provision may be perpetuated.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:mental health, nursing research, service user engagement, suicide, qualitative methods, qualitative interviews, service-user, multi-method research
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Mental health nursing
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Mental health services
UTAS Author:Lees, D (Mr David Lees)
UTAS Author:Fassett, D (Professor Denise Fassett)
UTAS Author:Handley, C (Ms Christine Handley)
ID Code:107958
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-04-01
Last Modified:2017-12-14

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