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Conclusion: Critical and different perspectives on user involvement

Marian Barnes and Phil Cotterell

in Critical Perspectives on User Involvement

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9781847427519
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305590 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427519.003.0023
Conclusion: Critical and different perspectives on user involvement

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The conclusion of the book moves from consideration of specific examples of involvement to reflect on the extent to which such developments as a whole can be considered to have led to a transformation in policy and services, and to have contributed to the achievement of social justice for those who use health and social care services. It suggests what we have learnt that might contribute to the positive realisation of aspirations for such practices. This chapter approaches this topic from rather different perspectives; from a position as a health practitioner then researcher committed to participatory methods; the other as a social scientist who has both studied user involvement and user movements, and been an ally of user and carer group and involvement initiatives. The chapter reflects on how these different perspectives influence thinking about this topic and considers the value of critical engagement between academics, practitioners and service users as a means of developing both practice and understanding.

Keywords: critical perspectives; personal identities; social justice; participatory methods; involvement initiatives

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