Co-research special issue
Published on 12/5/2020
The journal "Dementia" has produced a special issue that may be a world first: an issue where the first author of every article is a person living with dementia.
The editorial explains that for people who were living with dementia who wished to contribute to an article, but not through written text, the content was relayed verbally, with other authors translating into text format. The first author had complete control over the focus and direction of the article.
The issue's focus is on co-research. "Co-research is a joint enterprise between those with the lived experience or supporting those with the lived experience and those with the methodological and analytical knowledge (although these foundations may not be mutually exclusive). It is based on the premise that we all have different skills, knowledge-base, understanding, outlook and experience, of which none are more superior to the others. Grounded in this shared platform allows for joint decision-making to flourish, dementia advocacy to further strengthen and academic debate to progress."
The editorial is available through open access, but the journal articles may need to be requested through your library.