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Implementing new health visiting services through action research: an analysis of process

Cowley, S., Billings, Jenny R. (1999) Implementing new health visiting services through action research: an analysis of process. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 30 (4). pp. 965-974. ISSN 0309-2402. (doi:10.1046/j.1365-2648.1999.01180.x) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

An action research project based in a single fundholding practice on the South Coast of England aimed to identify needs relevant to families with resident children, then to use the contracting system to redirect health visiting practice to meet those needs. The naïvety of this plan was well recognised, so the processes that occurred during implementation of the proposed changes were recorded throughout. An analysis of these participant observation data revealed various organisational constraints and facilitators that arose during contract negotiations. Two new full time health visiting posts were established, each with an innovative and somewhat controversial focus. One health visitor was employed to establish a community development project in an underserved area of the town, while the other was to provide a home visiting service for the families of school aged children. The processes involved in structuring decisions about ‘health needs’ and how these are best met are analysed for each of the two new posts. The analysis reveals powerful influences that affect the implementation of new health visiting services.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1046/j.1365-2648.1999.01180.x
Uncontrolled keywords: NURSE HOME VISITATION; RANDOMIZED TRIAL; PREGNANCY; OUTCOMES
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2014 16:02 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:10 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/44123 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Billings, Jenny R.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5660-9478
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