Co-creation facilitates translational research on upper limb prosthetics

Jones, H, Dupan, S, Coutinho, M, Day, S, Desmond, D, Donovan-Hall, M, Dyson, M, Ekins-Coward, T, Kenney, LPJ ORCID:, Krasoulis, A, McIntosh, D, Memarzadeh, K, Small, E, Wheeler, G, Wu, H and Nazarpour, K 2021, 'Co-creation facilitates translational research on upper limb prosthetics' , Prosthesis, 3 (2) , pp. 110-118.

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People who either use an upper limb prosthesis and/or have used services provided by a prosthetic rehabilitation centre, hereafter called users, are yet to benefit from the fast-paced growth in academic knowledge within the field of upper limb prosthetics. Crucially over the past decade, research has acknowledged the limitations of conducting laboratory-based studies for clinical translation. This has led to an increase, albeit rather small, in trials that gather real-world user data. Multi-stakeholder collaboration is critical within such trials, especially between researchers, users, and clinicians, as well as policy makers, charity representatives, and industry specialists. This paper presents a co-creation model that enables researchers to collaborate with multiple stakeholders, including users, throughout the duration of a study. This approach can lead to a transition in defining the roles of stakeholders, such as users, from participants to co-researchers. This presents a scenario whereby the boundaries between research and participation become blurred and ethical considerations may become complex. However, the time and resources that are required to conduct co-creation within academia can lead to greater impact and benefit the people that the research aims to serve.

Item Type: Article
Contributors: Jensen, W (Editor)
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Prosthesis
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 2673-1592
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Funders: PORT-ER (Prosthetics, Orthotics and Rehabilitation Medicine—Education and Research), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Newcastle University via the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account, Department of Health and Social Care
Depositing User: Professor Laurence Kenney
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2021 14:25
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 07:02

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