Participatory Health Research - A Definition

Participatory Health Research is a research approach. The goal of PHR is maximum participation in the entire research process for the people whose lives or work are being researched. The research process is designed as a partnership between all stakeholders, which include academics; health, social work, and education professionals; decision makers; and engaged citizens from civil society. Through participatory health research, new knowledge can be gained that will help promote health in society.

All participants in the research are involved in the entire research process. They participate in formulating the research questions and goals; they jointly develop a research design; and they agree on the research methods, how the research should be evaluated, and how the results should be disseminated. (see glossary: "Partizipative Forschungsprozsse", in German).

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