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.
AWM 2018 Agenda and Social Itinerary now posted!
New Book! Pre-order: Participatory Health Research - Voices from Around the World
Thinking Participatively Pre-Conference: Abstract submission extended - March 7th, 2018
Fourth Quarter, 2017: Newsletter published!
New Position Paper #1 Published in Portuguese
Prepare for your travels to Edmonton for AWM2018! Travel and accommodation details posted
Call for PHR Literature Reviews from Graduate Students
Pre-conference 2018: Thinking Participatively Research Conference
AWM 2017 Update: Meeting Minutes & New Project Groups posted
Michael T. Wright
Katholische Hochschule für Sozialwesen Berlin, Germany
Maria Elisabeth Klebe de Silva, Marcia Regina Da Silva & Fatima Ferretti Tombini