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Framing health inequalities for local intervention: comparative case studies

Blackman, Tim, Harrington, Barbara, Elliott, Eva ORCID:, Greene, Alex, Hunter, David J., Marks, Linda, McKee, Lorna and Williams, Gareth Howard 2012. Framing health inequalities for local intervention: comparative case studies. Sociology of Health & Illness 34 (1) , pp. 49-63. 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2011.01362.x

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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.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Institute of Society and Health (CISHE)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Uncontrolled Keywords: health inequality; United Kingdom; framing; narratives
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing and the Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness
ISSN: 0141-9889
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 08:52

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