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O’Sullivan, R. (2020). Older Citizens’ Involvement in Aging Research. In R. Iphofen (Ed.), Handbook of Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity (p. pp 1-17). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-76040-7_29-2


Research is essential in helping plan for our aging population – both locally and globally. Academics are increasingly being encouraged to involve government, the nonprofit sector, business, and especially older people in research. However welcome this drive is, we need to understand and debate to a much greater degree how older citizens’ involvement in research can be appropriate, meaningful, and beneficial for all involved. This chapter explores the nature of user involvement in a context of ethical, practical, and methodological considerations and sets out the case for how this can be strengthened to improve the quality of work and the potential for stronger impact.