Doing our part as citizens: citizen science in mental health research


Laura Hemming summarises a systematic review that synthesises and develops best practice guidelines for citizen science in mental health research.

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Can therapy dogs lead more people into research?


Georgie Parker summarises a qualitative study which finds that therapy dogs may help to improve research engagement in “hard to reach” populations.

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Sex matters: why have females been excluded from addiction research?


Ian Hamilton explores two recent articles that consider the shocking sex and gender inequities in addiction research.

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Adults with learning disabilities were able to consent to involvement in low risk health research if given information in appropriate format


Considering the issues relating to consent to participate in research will apply to people with learning disabilities in the same way as to any other ‘human subjects’ , but they are often excluded from research on the basis that researchers perceive ‘learning disability’ as an automatic exclusion criterion, assuming this means lack of capacity to [read the full story…]