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Adding SUGAR Service User and Carer Collaboration in Mental Health Nursing Research

Simpson, A., Jones, J., Barlow, S. & Cox, L. (2014). Adding SUGAR Service User and Carer Collaboration in Mental Health Nursing Research. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 52(1), pp. 22-30. doi: 10.3928/02793695-20131126-04


‘SUGAR: Service users and carers group advising on research’ is an exciting initiative established to develop collaborative working in mental health nursing research between mental health service users, carers, researchers and practitioners at City University London, UK. This paper will describe the background to SUGAR and how and why it was established; how the group operates; some of the achievements to date including researcher reflections; and case studies of how this collaboration influences our research. Written reflective narratives of service user and carer experiences of SUGAR were analysed using constant comparative methods by the members. Common themes are presented with illustrative quotes. The article highlights the benefits and possible limitations identified so far by members of SUGAR; outlines future plans and considers the findings in relation to literature on involvement and empowerment. This paper has been written by staff and members of SUGAR and is the first venture into collaborative writing of the group and reflects the shared ethos of collaborative working.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Patient and carer involvement, mental health nursing, research
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences
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