Series: Public Engagement with Research. Part 3: Sharing power and building trust through partnering with communities in primary care research

Jessica Drinkwater, Michelle Farr, Gary Hickey, Esther Van Vliet, Sophie Söderholm Werkö, Ingrid Klingmann, Steven Blackburn

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Abstract

Background: This article focuses on potential strategies to support primary care researchers to work in partnership with the public and healthcare professionals. Partnership working has the potential to improve the relevance and usefulness of research and ensure better research and health outcomes.
Discussion: We described what we mean by partnership working and the importance of reflecting on power and building trusting relationships. To share power in partnership working, it is essential to critically reflect on the multiple dimensions of power, their manifestations, and your own power. Power can influence relationships and therefore it is essential to build trust with partners. Next, we outline how the context of primary care research and decisions about who you work with and how to work together, are vital considerations which are imbued with power. Lastly, we suggest different ways of working in partnership to address different dimensions of power. We provide examples from primary care research across Europe regarding how to recognise, tackle, and challenge, invisible, hidden and visible power.
Conclusion: We conclude by proposing three calls to actions to encourage researchers working in primary care to consider the multiple dimensions of power and move toward partnership working. First is to use participatory methods to improve the inclusivity of your research. Second is to include patients and the public in decisions about the design, delivery and development of research and its outcomes. Third is to address various systemic and institutional barriers which hinder partnership working.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2328707
JournalEuropean Journal of General Practice
Volume30
Issue number1
Early online date28 Mar 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Mar 2024

Keywords

  • Participatory research
  • Public engagement
  • Co-production
  • Power sharing

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