Towards a better future for Canadians with bipolar disorder:principles and implementation of a community-based participatory research model

Michalak, Erin Elwood and Lane, Kathleen and Hole, Rachelle and Barnes, Steven J. and Khatri, Nasreen and Lapsley, Sara and Maxwell, Victoria and Milev, Roumen and Parikh, Sagar V. and Berk, Lesley and Berk, Michael and Tse, Samson and Murray, Greg and Perez Algorta, Guillermo and Lobban, Fiona and Jones, Steven and Johnson, Sheri (2015) Towards a better future for Canadians with bipolar disorder:principles and implementation of a community-based participatory research model. Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching and Learning, 1 (1). pp. 132-147. ISSN 2369-1190

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Abstract

The Collaborative RESearch Team to study psychosocial factors in bipolar disorder (CREST.BD) is a multidisciplinary network dedicated to advancing science and practice around psychosocial issues associated with bipolar disorder (BD), improving the care and wellness of people living with bipolar disorder, and strengthening services and supports for these individuals. CREST.BD specializes in community-based participatory research, in which research is conducted as a partnership between researchers and community members. This article describes the evolution of the CREST.BD network and CREST.BD’s commitment to community-based participatory research in bipolar disorder research. Examples of CREST.BD projects using community-based participatory research to study stigma, quality of life, psychosocial interventions, and creativity in bipolar disorder are highlighted, and opportunities and challenges of engaging in community-based participatory research in bipolar disorder specifically and the mental health field more broadly are discussed. This article demonstrates how CBPR can be used to enhance the relevance of research practices and products through community engagement, and how community-based participatory research can enrich knowledge exchange and mobilization.

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Journal Article
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Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching and Learning
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73793
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31 Jul 2015 11:30
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