Framing health inequalities for local intervention: comparative case studies

Blackman, Tim, Harrington, Barbara, Elliott, Eva, Greene, Alex, Hunter, David J., Marks, Linda, McKee, Lorna and Williams, Gareth (2011) Framing health inequalities for local intervention: comparative case studies. Sociology of Health and Illness, 34 (1). pp. 49-63. ISSN 0141-9889

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This article explores how health inequalities are constructed as an object for policy intervention by considering four framings: politics, audit, evidence and treatment. A thematic analysis of 197 interviews conducted with local managers in England, Scotland and Wales is used to explore how these framings emerge from local narratives. The three different national policy regimes create contrasting contexts, especially regarding the different degrees of emphasis in these regimes on audit and performance management. We find that politics dominates how health inequalities are framed for intervention, affecting their prioritisation in practice and how audit, evidence and treatment are described as deployed in local strategies.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: health inequality, United Kingdom, framing, narratives
Subjects: L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Barbara Harrington
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2012 13:39
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2017 04:11

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