Participatory Health Research

Voices from Around the World

  • Michael T. Wright
  • Krystyna Kongats

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Central Themes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael T. Wright, Jane Springett, Krystyna Kongats
      Pages 3-15
    3. Michael T. Wright, Tina Cook, Jane Springett, Krystyna Kongats
      Pages 17-24
    4. John G. Oetzel, Jane Springett, Nina Wallerstein, Laura Parajon, Irene Sia, Mark Wieland et al.
      Pages 25-40
    5. Krystyna Kongats, Jane Springett, Michael T. Wright, Tina Cook
      Pages 55-69
    6. Lisa Gibbs, Katitza Marinkovic, Alison L. Black, Brenda Gladstone, Christine Dedding, Ann Dadich et al.
      Pages 93-113
  3. Regional Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Francisco J. Mercado-Martínez, Leticia Robles-Silva, Bernardo Jiménez-Domínguez
      Pages 139-163
    3. Paula Louise Bush, Jeannie Haggerty, Carol Repchinsky, Michael T. Wright, Christine Loignon, Vera Granikov et al.
      Pages 179-204
    4. Irma Brito, Donizete Daher, Crystiane Ribas, Fernanda Príncipe, Fernando Mendes, Filipa Homem et al.
      Pages 219-237
    5. Maghboeba Mosavel, Jodi Winship, Rashid Ahmed
      Pages 239-253
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 271-278

About this book


This groundbreaking resource explores core issues in participatory health research (PHR) and traces its global emergence as a force for improving health and well-being, health care services and quality of life. The PHR approach is defined as including community members, health practitioners and decision-makers as co-researchers, using local knowledge to reduce disparities in care, advocate for responsive health policy, and accelerate positive change in society as a whole. The book’s first half surveys themes essential to the development of the field, including evaluating PHR projects, training professionals in conducting PHR, and the ambitious work of the International Collaboration for Participatory Health Research. International perspectives showcase the varied roles of PHR in addressing urgent local health problems in their specific public health and sociocultural contexts.


Among the topics covered:


  • Demonstrating impact in participatory health research
  • Reviewing the effectiveness of participatory health research: challenges and        possible   solutions
  • Kids in Action—participatory health research with children
  • Participatory health research: an Indian perspective
  • Participatory health research in Latin America: scientific production on chronic diseases
  • Participatory health research in North America: from community engagement to evidence-informed practice               


Participatory Health Research benefits those teaching and learning about participatory health research at institutions of higher education and in community settings, addressing diverse fields including health promotion and disease prevention, medicine and public health, quality of life, social work and community development.


participatory health research (PHR) community-based participatory research (CBPR) participatory action research practitioner research International Collaboration for Participatory Health Research user involvement in research international perspectives The German Research Consortium for Healthy Communities health care organizations healthcare quality and improvement ethics international collaboration research evaluation literature review health professional training theory children and participatory health research participatory approaches to health research

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael T. Wright
    • 1
  • Krystyna Kongats
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Social HealthCatholic University of Applied SciencesBerlinGermany
  2. 2.School of Public HealthUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-92176-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-92177-8
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