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The use of the qualitative research methodology tool `Participatory Appraisal' with Mental Health Service Users, as a method of consultation and community capacity building

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Document begins: The use of the qualitative research methodology tool `Participatory 9 Appraisal' with Mental Health Service Users, as a method of consultation and community capacity building Jeanne Nicholls and Katie Watson Introduction Process A series of meetings was held to discuss these proposals. In this paper we will explore and explain the choice, These were supported in terms of time, resources and methodology and appropriateness of Participatory Appraisal transport and took place at eight service sites around the (PA) as an accessible method of community consultation Borough in order to maximise service users opportunities to with Mental Health Service Users and Carers, i.e. local participate. A service user representative, selected by peers, residents who either use or care for people who use the facilitated the meetings. In all, approximately 150 service mental health services in the Borough of Walsall1, UK. users and some carers were involved. Much of the Training in Participatory Appraisal was offered and delivered information that was gathered at these meetings informed to service users in order for them to facilitate community planning for the day. Each meeting also provided the consultation at a specific event. This one day event aimed opportunity for expressions of interest in ...

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