Territorial tensions: misaligned management and community perspectives on health services for older people in remote rural areas

Jane Farmer, Lorna Jennifer Philip, John Hugh Farrington, Geraldine King, Marsaili MacLeod

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Abstract

This paper presents findings from a qualitative study investigating older people's health service provision in remote rural Scotland. Comparing stakeholders' perspectives, contested issues were exposed where community members, service managers and policymakers disagreed. Considering these, led to the proposal that fundamental tensions exist between community and management/policy stakeholders' perspectives and these underlie service change conflicts. While highlighting issues for older people's service design, findings suggest that impacts of the current planning process require to be understood, and aspects need to be changed, before the voice of older people can inform local service policy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-283
Number of pages9
JournalHealth and Place
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2010

Keywords

  • older people services
  • rural health care
  • reconfiguration
  • service modernisation
  • policy

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