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User focus groups and Best Value in services for people with learning disabilities

McCarthy, Michelle, Cambridge, Paul (2001) User focus groups and Best Value in services for people with learning disabilities. Health and Social Care in the Community, 9 (6). pp. 476-489. ISSN 1365-2524. (doi:10.1046/j.0966-0410.2001.00328.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) (KAR id:67314)

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Abstract

This paper examines the problems and potentials of employing user focus groups as part of an approach to defining and reviewing Best Value in local authority and jointly commissioned services for people with learning disabilities. Drawing on experience from three local authority initiatives and wider experience with Best Value, the paper describes the development of user focus groups for helping review adult placement, outreach and day services for people with learning disabilities. The key methodological considerations for consulting with service users with learning disabilities through focus groups are identified and the interpretation of outcomes considered. The paper concludes with pointers for the effective operation of user focus groups in local authority Best Value reviews of services for people with learning disabilities, of use to practitioners, service managers and commissioners.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1046/j.0966-0410.2001.00328.x
Uncontrolled keywords: learning disabilities, focus groups, service evaluation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Michelle McCarthy
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2018 16:41 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:55 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/67314 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
McCarthy, Michelle: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1358-2516
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