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Doyle, Martha and Timonen, Virpi, Lessons from a Community-Based Participatory Research Project: Older People's and Researchers' Reflections, Research on Aging, 32, 2, 2010, 244 - 263
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The ethical and practical importance of actively involving older people in the
research process is increasingly articulated in the gerontology literature. This
article contributes to the literature by outlining a community-based participatory
research project that centered on the design and administration of
a questionnaire exploring older people’s use and perceptions of community
services. The authors discuss both older adults’ and the researchers’ views
of the participatory process. The key lessons and challenges that emerged
from the research are analyzed using the nine principles of community-based
participatory research outlined by Israel et al. The authors question whether
older people in all instances seek extensive involvement in all aspects of
participatory projects and raise a number of questions that require further
analysis before a robust and viable understanding of participatory research
that safeguards against the tokenistic involvement of older people can be
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