What is Participatory Health Research (PHR)?
Addressing health inequalities is an important goal of health systems worldwide. Participatory Health Research (PHR) has become increasingly important as a means for finding solutions in communities where the occurrence and severity of health problems is greatest.
The International Collaboration for Participatory Health Research (ICPHR) was established in 2009 to strengthen the role of PHR in intervention design and decision-making on health issues. The ICPHR is open to stakeholders from all countries interested in promoting the dissemination and further development of participatory health research approaches embedded in common values and principles. The work of the ICPHR is focused on bringing together systematically the knowledge and experience of PHR in different countries for the purpose of strengthening PHR regarding issues of quality, credibility, and impact on policy and practice.
Activities of ICPHR include:
Goals and Objectives
The Goal of the ICPHR is to establish PHR as an integrated part of local, regional, and national strategies to meet the needs of disadvantaged communities by addressing issues of health inequality. This will be achieved by strengthening the position of PHR in research institutions and policy‐making structures. To reach this goal, the following objectives have been set:
Objective 1: To Define PHR
A new level of conceptual clarity regarding PHR will be reached through international consensus on:
Objective 2: To Enhance the Quality of PHR
The quality of PHR will be enhanced by defining guidelines for good practice. These include:
Objective 3: To Reinforce the impact of PHR
The impact of PHR will be strengthened by synthesizing the empirical findings and theoretical models which have been generated by PHR. Also, a knowledge base of PHR projects will be established. users will be able to both contribute their own work and also search for the work of others on key dimensions (e.g. community characteristics, methods, health issue, type of impact) in order to find approaches which may be useful for their particular setting or question.
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