Advance choice documents – turning research into reality: in conversation with Abiy Babatunde

In this – the 50th! – ‘in conversation’ with, I talk to Abiy Babatunde, research assistant on the Advance Statements for Black African and Caribbean (AdStaC project), which seeks to improve Black service users’[1] experiences in mental health services in South London by co-producing and testing an advance choice implementation resource with Black service users, mental health professionals and carers/supporters of Black service users.  Abiy explains how the research came out, how it has been developed, and progress so far.  We also discuss how to manage fears on the parts of service users and staff about making and using such advance choice documents, and the benefits of co-producing advance choice documents.

If you want to read more about the project, a good starting point is this article led on by Abiy.

[1] I am conscious that there are a range of terms which could be used here; as the project settled on ‘service user.’ I use that here.

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