Exploring the knowledge contributions of carers involved in a group process aimed at co-creating a targeted support intervention
- Malm, C. Jönson, H. Andersson, S. Hanson, E.
- Exploring the knowledge contributions of carers involved in a group process aimed at co-creating a targeted support intervention
- International Journal of Care and Caring
- carers; carer knowledge; discourse psychology; patient and public involvement
Patient and public involvement is a way of ensuring that research and practices are more responsive to their target groups. This study, inspired by discourse psychology, explores the knowledge contributions of informal carers who participated in group meetings to co-create a support intervention. Findings highlight that carers’ knowledge is complex, including more than practical caring experiences. Acknowledging carers’ knowledge contributions and involving a heterogeneous sample of carers are key considerations for patient and public involvement in research; otherwise, there is a danger of establishing risks of injustice. Accepting the multifaceted knowledge of carers could increase the validity of research and the relevance of interventions developed.