Divided care and the Third Way: user involvement in statutory and voluntary sector cancer services
UNSPECIFIED (2003) Divided care and the Third Way: user involvement in statutory and voluntary sector cancer services. In: 5th Conference of the European-Sociological-Association, HELSINKI, FINLAND, AUG 28-SEP 01, 2001. Published in: SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS, 25 (5). pp. 429-456.Full text not available from this repository.
In health care, as in much of the public sphere, the voluntary sector is playing an increasingly large role in the funding, provision and delivery of services and nowhere is this more apparent than in cancer care. Simultaneously the growth of privatisation, marketisation and consumerism has engendered a rise in the promotion of 'user involvement' in health care. These changes in the Organisation and delivery of health care, in part inspired by the 'Third Way' and the promotion of public and citizen participation, are particularly apparent in the British National Health Service. This paper presents initial findings from a three-year study of user involvement in cancer services. Using both case study and survey data, We explore the variation in the definition, aims, usefulness and mechanisms for involving users in the evaluation and development of cancer services across three Health Authorities in South West England. The findings have important implications for understanding shifts in power, autonomy and responsibility. between patients, carers, clinicians and health service managers. The absence of any common definition of user involvement or its purpose underlines the limited trust between the different actors in the system. and highlights the potentially negative impact of a Third Way health service.
|Item Type:||Conference Item (UNSPECIFIED)|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
|Journal or Publication Title:||SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS|
|Publisher:||BLACKWELL PUBL LTD|
|Number of Pages:||28|
|Page Range:||pp. 429-456|
|Title of Event:||5th Conference of the European-Sociological-Association|
|Location of Event:||HELSINKI, FINLAND|
|Date(s) of Event:||AUG 28-SEP 01, 2001|
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