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Healthy Ageing, Research and Participation (HARP)


The Healthy Ageing, Research and Participation (HARP) study follows on from the recently completed Well-being Interventions for Social and Health needs (WISH) study (2012-2013, funded by the Medical Research Council) which in turn followed the SWISH study (DH funded) – in both of which the SCWRU was involved. WISH found that people aged 85 and over, older people from some minority ethnic groups and those living in rented housing (a proxy for deprivation) are less likely to take part in health promotion initiatives. HARP aims to provide a better understanding of the reasons why these groups are less likely to take part in health promotion and research on healthy ageing.


2013 – 2016

Research team

Jill Manthorpe (SCWRU), Kalpa Kharicha (PI), Ana Jovicic, Kate Walters, Steve Iliffe (UCL), Claire Goodman (University of Hertfordshire)


National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care Research


The study involved interviews and focus groups with older people who belong to at least one of the three ‘seldom heard’ groups mentioned above. This is helping to find out what might help them stay healthy in later life, and their views on taking part in research and health promotion activities. A group of experts in ageing with knowledge of recruitment and engagement of older people for health promotion interventions took part in a short questionnaire survey to find out more about what works in recruitment. Two members of the Unit’s User and Carer Advisory Group are advising this study.


The systematic review of the literature and the survey findings have been submitted for publication.


A series of peer review articles will report in 2017.


We aim to inform and improve participation in ageing research.

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