Turning the co-production corner: methodological reflections from an action research project to promote LGBT inclusion in care homes for older people

Willis, Paul, Almack, Katharine, Hafford-Letchfield, Trish ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0105-0678, Simpson, Paul, Billings, Barbara and Mall, Naresh (2018) Turning the co-production corner: methodological reflections from an action research project to promote LGBT inclusion in care homes for older people. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH), 15 (4). ISSN 1660-4601

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Abstract

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 postproject, 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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article number = 695
Keywords (uncontrolled): Co-production; LGBT; Ageing; Care Homes; Research Methodology
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 24101
Notes on copyright: © 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
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Depositing User: Trish Hafford-Letchfield
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2018 11:53
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2019 17:20
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/24101

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