Participatory research in pediatric palliative care: benefits and challenges

J Palliat Care. 2007 Spring;23(1):5-13.


Participatory research is an approach wherein all parties concerned play an active role throughout the research process, from initial design to the interpretation and dissemination of results. This article reports on two participatory research projects evaluating a new in-home respite program for children requiring pediatric palliative care and their families. Some of the realities, benefits, and challenges resulting from a participatory approach to research in pediatric palliative care are described. The outcomes of these two studies highlight the conclusion that organizations, professionals, volunteers, and family members accompanying the dying benefit from a participatory research method that actively engages their involvement. This approach offers participants the opportunity to voice concerns as well as supports a sense of empowerment. From the researcher's point of view, a participatory process can serve to increase both the social relevancy and impact of the research.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Community Participation*
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Humans
  • Palliative Care*
  • Pediatrics*
  • Research*