Patient and public involvement for mental health researchers

Ben Parkinson*, Maggie Lawrence, Jo Booth

*Corresponding author for this work

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Background: Patient and public involvement (PPI) involves working with patients and the public to make mental health research more relevant for those using services. The importance of PPI makes it necessary for mental health researchers to understand the practical and ethical issues involved in PPI.

Aim: Increase mental health researchers understanding of the practical and ethical considerations associated with PPI.
Discussion: PPI can make a positive contribution to mental health research. Mental health researchers need to consider how to make PPI meaningful and the best way of evaluating PPI. It is also important PPI is carried out ethically by considering issues of consent, professionalisation, authorship, payment, and tokenism.
Conclusion: Mental health researchers produce more person-centred research with PPI. Mental health researchers need to anticipate potential practical and ethical challenges involved with PPI and develop strategies to deal with these effectively.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMental Health Practice
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 27 May 2020


  • mental health
  • patient and public involvement
  • research

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