This groundbreaking resource explores core issues in participatory health research (PHR) and traces its global emergence as a force for improving health and well-being, healthcare services, and quality of life. The PHR approach is defined as including community members, health practitioners, and decision-makers as co-researchers, using local knowledge to reduce disparities in care, advocate for responsive health policy, and accelerate positive change in society as a whole. The book’s first half surveys themes essential to the development of the field, including evaluating PHR projects, training professionals in conducting PHR, and the ambitious work of the International Collaboration for Participatory Health Research. International perspectives showcase the varied roles of PHR in addressing urgent local health problems in their specific public health and sociocultural contexts.
- Demonstrating impact in participatory health research
- Reviewing the effectiveness of participatory health research: challenges and possible solutions
- Kids in Action—participatory health research with children
- Participatory health research: an Indian perspective
- Participatory health research in Latin America: scientific production on chronic diseases
- Participatory health research in North America: from community engagement to evidence-informed practice
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About the Editors
Michael T. Wright, PhD, LICSW, MS, is a professor for Research Methods at Catholic University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, Germany. Dr. Wright also is co-founder and coordinator of both the German Network for Participatory Health Research and the International Collaboration for Participatory Health Research. He has served as associate editor of the International Journal of Public Health.
Krystyna Kongats, MPH, is a PhD candidate in Health Promotion at the School of Public Health, University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Her primary experience, skills, and interests lie in participatory and creative approaches to research, health promotion, and end of life care. She is also a consortium member of the International Collaboration for Participatory Health Research.