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Developing and implementing research as a lever for integration : the impact of service context

Jarrett, Dominic and Stevenson, Tommy and Huby, Guro and Stewart, Ailsa (2009) Developing and implementing research as a lever for integration : the impact of service context. Journal of Integrated Care, 17 (5). pp. 38-48. ISSN 1476-9018

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Abstract

Integration between health and local authority services has been informed more by policy than by evidence. The gap which often exists between the development of an evidence base and its implementation has in this way been circumvented, but new challenges have arisen as a result of the policy context and services' response to it. Research undertaken by a learning disability service to inform the local integration agenda failed to have any impact, possibly in part because the research itself was a product of the same organisational context that was shaping integration. Although several isolated integration initiatives were in existence, the lack of clear strategic direction identified by the project as a key feature of the local integration agenda also limited the extent to which the project itself could effect change. Both the project and those changes which were occurring in services became features of an overall stasis, which in itself can illuminate the challenge of effecting meaningful change through research on services in constant flux.

Item type: Article
ID code: 20237
Keywords: research, practice, learning disability, integrated working, organisational change, leadership, Communities. Classes. Races, Social Sciences (General), Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Subjects: Social Sciences > Communities. Classes. Races
Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
Social Sciences > Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Social Work
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Depositing user: Miss Kelly Docherty
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2010 15:18
Last modified: 20 Jun 2013 16:13
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/20237

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