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Service user involvement in research may lead to contrary rather than collaborative accounts: findings from a qualitative palliative care study

Citation
Forbat L & Hubbard G (2016) Service user involvement in research may lead to contrary rather than collaborative accounts: findings from a qualitative palliative care study. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72 (4), pp. 759-769. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.12865

Abstract
Aim  The aim of this study was to explore what data emerge when former carergivers (co-researchers) are trained to interview current care-givers about their experiences.  Background  Despite a trend of involving service users in conducting research interviews, there have been few examinations of how and whether a common service user identity has an impact on the data generated.  Design  Four co-researchers were recruited, trained and supported to conduct qualitative interviews with 11 current carers of people receiving palliative services. Conversation analysis was used to examine the conversational characteristics of the research interviews. Data were collected in 2010–2011.  Results  Conversation analysis identified that interactional difficulties were evident across the data. When co-researchers talked about their own experiences as carers, interviewees frequently changed the topic of conversation, thereby closing-down opportunities for further disclosure or elaboration from the interviewee about the original topic.  Conclusion  Conversation analysis identifies how caregiving identities are co-constructed and points where there is agreement and disagreement in the co-construction.

Keywords
care-givers; conversation analysis; identity; nursing; palliative care; user involvement

Journal
Journal of Advanced Nursing: Volume 72, Issue 4

StatusPublished
Author(s)Forbat, Liz; Hubbard, Gill
FundersPalliative Care MCN (NHS Lanarkshire)
Publication date30/04/2016
Publication date online22/12/2015
Date accepted by journal23/10/2015
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/22635
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
ISSN0309-2402
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