The jury's in on acquired brain injury rehabilitation

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Period20 Apr 2021

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  • TitleThe jury's in on acquired brain injury rehabilitation
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletLens
    Media typeWeb
    DescriptionThe idea of a jury – 12 impartial men and women hearing evidence, just like in a courtroom – isn’t absolutely new to medical research, but it is unusual.

    The principle is to get ordinary people with no previous involvement or biases in an area of healthcare to get a crash-course in it, and report back. According to a paper in Social Science & Medicine journal from 2014, juries “offer a useful tool for engaging citizens in health policy decision-making ... sufficiently diverse that the citizens engaged are exposed to a broad range of public experience and perspectives”.

    In other words, it’s fresh eyes on an enduring problem in healthcare and public health, particularly in areas that usually struggle for ongoing funding. Monash University’s Professor Natasha Lannin, a neuroscientist and occupational therapist, says those “naive” to the territory can come up with the best ideas. She led a “citizens' jury” study for Monash on acquired brain injury rehabilitation.
    PersonsNatasha Lannin