An exercise intervention for people with serious mental illness: findings from a qualitative data analysis using participatory theme elicitation

J Yap, C McCartan, G Davidson, C White, L Bradley, P Webb, J Badham, G Breslin, P Best

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Abstract

This paper aims to explore the validity of the innovative participatory data analysis method, Participatory Theme Elicitation (PTE), by comparing the analyses conducted by co-researchers (with lived experience of severe mental illness, SMI) and academic researchers of an evaluation of a physical activity intervention for people with SMI. Through PTE’s use of network analysis techniques to generate facilitation of themes, this approach attempts to address power imbalances at the analysis stage and democratise the research process. The comparison found alignment and congruence of some themes across groups. Important differences in the analyses across groups included the use of language, with the co researchers employing less academic and clinical language, and the structure of themes presented, with the academic researchers including sub-themes under some umbrella themes. The comparison of analyses supports the validity of the
PTE approach as a meaningful way of involving people with lived experience in research. PTE addresses the power imbalances that are often present in the analysis process and was found to be acceptable by co-researchers and academic researchers alike.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth Expectations
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 6 Oct 2020

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    Yap, J., McCartan, C., Davidson, G., White, C., Bradley, L., Webb, P., Badham, J., Breslin, G., & Best, P. (Accepted/In press). An exercise intervention for people with serious mental illness: findings from a qualitative data analysis using participatory theme elicitation. Health Expectations.