Journal article

Collaborating with consumer and community representatives in health and medical research in Australia: results from an evaluation

Journal
Public health Community development Social isolation Communities Consumers Medicine Australia
Description

Collaborating with consumer and community representatives in the Alcohol and Pregnancy Project 2006-2008, this paper evaluates researchers' and consumer and community representatives' perceptions of the process, context and impact their participation in the project.

The researchers found that consumer and community participation was an essential component of good research practice and contributed to the Alcohol and Pregnancy Project by enhancing research processes, outputs and outcomes, and this participation was valued by community and consumer representatives and researchers. The National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia expects researchers to work in partnership and involve consumer and community representatives in health and medical research, and to evaluate community and consumer participation. It is important to demonstrate whether consumer and community participation makes a difference to health and medical research.

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DOI:

10.1186/1478-4505-9-18