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Paul Bywaters, Eileen McLeod, and Lindsey Napier

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847421951

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847421951.001.0001

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Developing the evidence base for practice and policy

Developing the evidence base for practice and policy

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(p.209) 13 Developing the evidence base for practice and policy
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Social work and global health inequalities
Author(s):
Paul Bywaters, Eileen McLeod, Lindsey Napier
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847421951.003.0013

This chapter illustrates how social workers can use research not only to build evidence about health inequalities, but as a form of intervention, focusing on the experiences of Ireland, Australia, and Hong Kong. Section 13.1 describes a multidimensional national study of the experiences of families with children who have life-limiting conditions. Section 13.2 examines the research approach known as ‘data mining’, in which existing documentary sources, such as social-work records, are analysed to explore a key practice issue, in this case the engagement of hospital-emergency-department social workers in the human consequences of crimes of violence. Section 13.3 focuses on a minority ethnic population that is liable to be excluded from mainstream provision in Hong Kong: the Pakistanis. It provides clear evidence both about the consequences of barriers to good health and the mechanisms through which a mixed private–public health-care market exacerbates inequalities.

Keywords:   Ireland, Australia, Hong Kong, health inequalities, social work, families, data mining, crimes of violence, health care, evidence

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