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Table 5 Distinction between different roles in the Involvement Matrix

From: Patient and public involvement of young people with a chronic condition: lessons learned and practical tips from a large participatory program

The distinction between different roles in the Involvement Matrix is as follows [26]:
 • Listeners are given information about the project by the project team;
 • Co-thinkers are asked to give their opinion. Project teams can decide whether they will use it and how;
 • Advisors provide solicited and unsolicited advice. Solicited advice is binding. Unsolicited advice must be given formal attention and may only be rejected with substantiated arguments;
 • Partners collaborate with other project team members as equals.
 • Decision-makers take initiative themselves and/or make necessary decisions.