Chapter 16. Politics

  1. Jan Wallcraft PhD consultant Manager2,
  2. Beate Schrank psychiatrist research worker3 and
  3. Michaela Amering Professor secretary3
  1. Daniel B. Fisher Executive Director

Published Online: 16 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470743157.ch16

Handbook of Service User Involvement in Mental Health Research

Handbook of Service User Involvement in Mental Health Research

How to Cite

Fisher, D. B. (2009) Politics, in Handbook of Service User Involvement in Mental Health Research (eds J. Wallcraft, B. Schrank and M. Amering), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470743157.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Hertfordshire, UK

  2. 3

    Medical University of Vienna, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Austria

Author Information

  1. National Empowerment Center, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 17 APR 2009

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470997956

Online ISBN: 9780470743157



  • politics of research in mental health;
  • influence of culture, politics, and drugs industry on agenda for mental health research;
  • funding centred on finding new medications;
  • politics of diagnosis;
  • influence of politics on therapy - question of whether psychotherapy is helpful in people's recovery from schizophrenia;
  • evidence-based practice (EBP);
  • politics of evidence;
  • politics of public education;
  • politics of research and publication - influence of pharmaceutical companies


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Politics of Diagnosis

  • Politics of Therapy

  • Politics of Evidence

  • Politics of Public Education

  • Politics of Research and Publication: Influence of the Pharmaceutical Companies

  • Need for Recovery Research

  • How to Improve Research and Education in Mental Health

  • Conclusion

  • References