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ERIC Number: EJ1131654
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2648
Experience, Knowledge and Evidence: A Comparison of Research Relations in Health and Anthropology
McKevitt, Christopher
Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, v9 n1 p113-130 Jan 2013
Patient and public involvement in health research has been promoted by the United Kingdom's Department of Health and its research funding agencies for at least a decade. The policy rhetoric through which it is promoted is based on the idea that patients' experiential knowledge can be harnessed to improve the quality and relevance of health research. This paper uses the comparative case of post-colonial critiques of anthropology to propose ways of thinking about the implicit and explicit claims underpinning assumptions about experiential knowledge. It focuses on three areas of debate: insider knowledge and authenticity; objectivity/subjectivity; and ethical and political engagement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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