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Documented case studies and co-design and co-production research.

Pocobello, R., Sehity, T., Negrogno, L., Minervini, C., Guida, M., & Venerito, C. 
Comparison of a co‐produced mental health service to traditional services: A co‐produced mixed‐methods cross‐sectional study. 
International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
29(3), 460–475. 
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This study investigates the differences between a co-produced experimental mental health centre and traditional day centres. For this purpose, we used a collaborative and mixed-method approach in two complementary studies: (i) a quantitative cross-sectional study designed to compare users' hospitalization rates and their use of psychiatric medications and (ii) a qualitative study designed to explore and document the experienced differences between co-produced and traditional services.

Mooney, R., Newbigging, K., McCabe, R., McCrone, P., Halvorsrud, K., Raghavan, R., Joseph, D., & Bhui, K. 
Experience-based investigation and codesign of approaches to prevent and reduce Mental Health Act use (CO-PACT). 
BMJ Open
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Introduction: The Independent Review of the Mental Health Act (MHA) in England and Wales confirmed increasing levels of compulsory detentions, especially for racialised communities. This research aims to: (a) understand the causes of and propose preventive opportunities to reduce the disproportionate use of the MHA, (b) use an adapted form of experience-based codesign (EBCD) to facilitate system-wide changes and (c) foreground the voices of service users at risk of detention to radically reform policy and implement new legislation to ensure the principles of equity are retained.

Kennedy, A., Cosgrave, C., Macdonald, J., Gunn, K., Dietrich, T., & Brumby, S. 
Translating co-design from face-to-face to online: An Australian primary producer project conducted during COVID-19. 
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
18(8), 4147. 
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Primary producers face considerable risks for poor mental health. While this population can be difficult to engage in programs to prevent poor mental health, approaches tailored to reflect the context of primary producers’ life and work have been successful. This paper reports on the co-design phase of a project designed to prevent poor mental health for primary producers—specifically, the advantages, challenges and considerations of translating face-to-face co-design methods to an online environment in response to COVID-19 restrictions.

Horgan, A., Manning, F., Bocking, J., Happell, B., Lahti, M., Doody, R., Griffin, M., Bradley, S. K., Russell, S., Bjornsson, E., O’Donovan, M., MacGabhann, L., Savage, E., Pulli, J., Goodwin, J., van der Vaart, K. J., O’Sullivan, H., Dorrity, C., Ellila, H., & Allon, J. 
“To be treated as a human”: Using co-production to explore experts by experience involvement in mental health nursing education. 
International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
27(4), 1282–1291. 
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Increasingly, experts as deemed by personal experience or mental health service use, are involved in the education of nurses; however, accompanying research is limited and focuses primarily on opinions of nurse educators and students. The aim of this study was to develop an understanding of the potential contribution to mental health nursing education by those with experience of mental health service use.

Dimopoulos-Bick, T. L., O'Connor, C., Montgomery, J., Szanto, T., Fisher, Sutherland, V., Violeta; Baines, H., Orcher, P., Stubbs, J., Maher, L., Verma, R., & Palmer, V. J. 
“Anyone can co-design?”: A case study synthesis of six experience-based co-design (EBCD) projects for healthcare systems improvement in New South Wales, Australia. 
Patient Experience Journal
6(2), 2, Article 15. 
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Experience-based co-design (EBCD) is a quality improvement approach that is being used internationally to bring service users and health professionals together to improve healthcare experiences, systems and processes. Early evaluations and case studies of EBCD have shown promise in terms of improvements to experience and organisational processes, however challenges remain in participation around shared power and decision making, mobilisation for implementation, sustainment of improvements and measurement of outcomes.

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