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Turning the Co-Production Corner: Methodological Reflections from an Action Research Project to Promote LGBT Inclusion in Care Homes for Older People

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School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, 8 Priory Road, Clifton BS8 1TZ, UK
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School of Health and Social Work, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 9AB, UK
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Department of Mental Health, Social Work, Interprofessional Learning and Integrative Medicine, School of Health and Education Middlesex University, Ground Floor, Town Hall Annex, The Burroughs, Hendon, London NW4 4BT, UK
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Department of Applied Health and Social Care, Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancs L39 4QP, UK
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(4), 695; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15040695
Received: 22 December 2017 / Revised: 19 March 2018 / Accepted: 29 March 2018 / Published: 7 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Breakthroughs in LGBT Health Research)
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Background: Older lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) residents are often invisible in long-term care settings. This article presents findings from a community-based action research project, which attempted to address this invisibility through co-produced research with LGBT community members. Particular Question: What conditions enable co-produced research to emerge in long-term residential care settings for older people? Aims of Project: To analyse outcomes and challenges of action-oriented, co-produced research in the given context. In particular, we explore how co-production as a collaborative approach to action-orientated research can emerge during the research/fieldwork process; and reflect critically on the ethics and effectiveness of this approach in advancing inclusion in context. Methods: The project was implemented across six residential care homes in England. Reflections are based on qualitative evaluation data gathered pre- and post-project, which includes 37 interviews with care home staff, managers and community advisors (two of whom are co-authors). Results and Conclusions: We discuss how the co-production turn emerged during research and evaluate how the politics of this approach helped advance inclusion—itself crucial to well-being. We argue for the value of co-produced research in instigating organizational change in older people’s care environments and of non-didactic storytelling in LGBT awareness-raising amongst staff. View Full-Text
Keywords: care home policy and practice; co-produced research; older LGBT people; care home residents; resilience; risk environment and change care home policy and practice; co-produced research; older LGBT people; care home residents; resilience; risk environment and change
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Willis, P.; Almack, K.; Hafford-Letchfield, T.; Simpson, P.; Billings, B.; Mall, N. Turning the Co-Production Corner: Methodological Reflections from an Action Research Project to Promote LGBT Inclusion in Care Homes for Older People. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 695.

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