Involving older people in community-based research: Developing a guiding framework for researchers and community organisations

Authors

  • Jeni Warburton,

    1. Australasian Centre on Ageing, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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      Present address: John Richards Initiative into Rural Aged Care Research, La Trobe University, Albury-Wodonga, Vic. 3689, Australia

  • Helen Bartlett,

    1. Australasian Centre on Ageing, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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    • Present address: Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Monash University, Gippsland Campus, Churchill, Vic. 3842, Australia

  • Matthew Carroll,

    1. ARC/NHMRC Research Network in Ageing Well, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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  • Hal Kendig

    1. ARC/NHMRC Research Network in Ageing Well, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Correspondence to: Dr Matthew Carroll, ARC/NHMRC Research Network in Ageing Well, C/- Centre for Education and Research on Ageing, Concord Hospital. Email: m.carroll@usyd.edu.au

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to outline the development of a guiding framework for both researchers and community organisations seeking to involve older people in research. Such a framework is needed to facilitate good quality, multidisciplinary research that can be used to inform policy and practice responses to the challenges of ageing. There is increased recognition that involving older people in the research process can lead to increased benefits for all involved. The guidelines outlined below put forward the following six principles: (i) acknowledge research as a process; (ii) clarify roles and levels of involvement; (iii) communicate effectively; (iv) recognise different expectations; (v) recognise difference; and (vi) ensure representativeness and diversity. These guidelines are now being promoted through the ARC/NHMRC Research Network in Ageing Well and collaborating stakeholder organisations that will be working together to implement these principles in future research involving older people.

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