Document Type : Commentary
Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, St George’s, University of London and Kingston University, London, UK
Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
University of Warwick, London, UK
University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
While it is important to support the development of methods for public participation, we argue that this should not be at the expense of a broader consideration of the role of public participation. We suggest that a rights based approach provides a framework for developing more meaningful approaches that move beyond public participation as synonymous with consultation to value the contribution of lay knowledge to the governance of health systems and health research.