Enriching the Process of “Good Science” through Participation of People with Psychiatric Disabilities in All Aspects of Research

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The purpose of this study is to describe the experiences of researchers with a psychiatric disability participating in a project evaluating the services of Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) and to identify strategies for researchers with a psychiatric disability in mental health. A project coordinator and four researchers who were people with psychiatric disabilities were interviewed. The rationale for researchers with a psychiatric disability is discussed, and the facilitators of and barriers to them are described. People with psychiatric disabilities should be involved in formulating research questions, data collection, interpreting the results, identifying implications, and presenting the results to stakeholders. People with psychiatric disabilities’ participation in CMHC program evaluation can promote service innovation and enhance people with psychiatric disabilities’ satisfaction.

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