Mental health users' experiences of being interviewed by another user in a research project. A qualitative study

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Aim: The aim of the study was to describe how users experience participation in research interviews performed by other users. Method: A varied sample of 17 mental health users with experience of being interviewed in a research project by another user was thematically interviewed in this qualitative study. Data was subject to content analysis. Results: Being interviewed by another user was a special experience including both negative and positive aspects, and took place in an atmosphere of comradeship. However, being interviewed by another user could generate feelings of insecurity. This finding indicates requirements from the informants how to perform user-involved research in the future. Conclusions: In planning for user-involved research education, it is necessary to consider training and issues related to secure ethical principals concerning the informants.


  • A. Bengtsson-Tops
  • Bengt Svensson
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Nursing


  • mental illness, User involvement, research, qualitative study
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-242
JournalJournal of Mental Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Division of Nursing (Closed 2012) (013065000)