How best to engage users of forensic services in research: Literature review and recommendations
Vollm, Birgit A.
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ABSTRACTThis rapid review summarises the currently available information on how best to engage users of forensic mental health services in the research process. A search of six electronic databases and a general Internet search identified eleven peer-reviewed journal papers and twelve reports, the majority containing information derived using qualitative methods. Five areas of particular relevance to forensic settings were identified: power relations informed consent; attitudes of staff and other service users); practical difficulties; confidentiality and transparency; language and communication and training issues. Recommendations on engaging service users in forensic mental health research are presented.