Wilkinson H & Hubbard G (2003) Exploring innovative ways of seeking the views of older people in health and social care research. Research Policy and Planning, 21 (2), pp. 1-3. http://ssrg.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/editorial.pdf
First paragraph: This edition of the journal is a product of a conference that was held in London in June 2002 to explore innovative ways of seeking the views of older people in health and social care research. The speakers were addressing some of the issues and dilemmas that they had experienced in attempting to privilege the voice of so called 'hard to reach' groups such as people with dementia and people from minority ethnic groups. The primary objective of the conference was to explore ways in which health and social care researchers seek the views of older people. Some of the discussion focused on values by emphasising the importance of adopting inclusive and emancipatory approaches. Such values provide a framework for understanding and exploring the reasons why researchers wish to adopt more inclusive approaches. Other participants addressed the practicalities of including older people, especially those who may have a cognitive impairment such as dementia. We applied the term ‘innovative' to the methods discussed in the sense that they are not a common part of most researchers' repertoire of skills, for example, use of a video camera to gather data or the application of counselling skills during interview.
Output Type: Editorial
Research Policy and Planning: Volume 21, Issue 2