Systematic Review of Contemporary Theories Used for Co-creation, Co-design and Co-production in Public Health

Katrina Messiha, Mai J.M. Chinapaw, Hans C.F.F. Ket, Qingfan An, Vinayak Anand-Kumar, Giuliana R. Longworth, Sebastien Chastin, Teatske M. Altenburg

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Abstract

Background: There is a need to systematically identify and summarize the contemporary theories and theoretical frameworks used for co-creation, co-design and co-production in public health research. Methods: The reporting of this systematic review follows the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses. Given substantial interest in and application of co-creation, co-design and co-production, we searched PubMed, CINAHL, Scopus and APA PsycINFO from 2012 to March–April 2022. A quality assessment and data extraction for theory content was performed. Results: Of the 3763 unique references identified through the comprehensive search strategy, 10 articles were included in the review: four articles named co-creation, two articles named co-creation and co-design, two articles named co-production and co-design, and two articles named co-design. Empowerment Theory was employed by two articles, whereas other theories (n = 5) or frameworks (n = 3) were employed by one article each. For the quality assessment, eight articles received a strong rating and two articles received a moderate rating. Conclusion: There is little indication of theory applications for the approaches of co-creation, co-design and co-production in public health since 2012, given 10 articles were included in this review. Yet, the theories described in these 10 articles can be useful for developing such co-approaches in future public health research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)723-737
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Public Health (United Kingdom)
Volume45
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2023

Keywords

  • co-design
  • co-production
  • Keywords co-creation
  • public health
  • theoretical framework
  • theory

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