Participatory Health Research - A Definition

Participatory health research (PHR) is a scientific approach which views research as being a co-production on the part of different stakeholders. The goal of PHR is to maximize the participation of those whose life or work is the subject of the research in all stages of the research process. The entire process is viewed as a partnership between stakeholders, who may include academic researchers; professionals in the fields of health care, education, and social welfare; members of civil society; policy makers and others.

PHR projects can be led by academic institutions or by one of the other stakeholders listed above. PHR aims at producing new knowledge which can contribute to the public’s health.

We understand health as defined by the WHO as being a state of complete physical, social and mental well-being, which requires inter-sectoral political action.