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Reflecting on the use of freedom of information requests in mental health research

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posted on 2023-09-13, 14:35 authored by Philip John Archard, James Tangen, Emma Giles, Steven Lucas, Isobel Moore, Michelle O'Reilly, David Murphy

Freedom of information (FoI) legislation has been represented as a valuable but underused means of generating otherwise unavailable data from public authorities in health and social care research. This article complements extant literature on the use of FoI requests for research intended to inform health and social care policy and improve the quality of practice. Reflections are provided on challenges and ethical considerations, drawing on relevant literature and the authors’ experience undertaking studies addressing different topics in mental health and child welfare using FoI requests as the primary source of data collection. The recommendations are practically orientated and aimed primarily at social work and health and social care researchers who may have limited knowledge of how FoI requests might be utilised in their work but be curious about this method’s application.

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Author affiliation

School of media, Communication and Sociology, University of Leicester

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Social Work and Social Sciences Review

Volume

23

Issue

3

Pagination

80 - 92

Publisher

Whiting & Birch, Ltd.

issn

0953-5225

eissn

1746-6105

Copyright date

2023

Language

en

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