Developing the evidence base for practice and policy

Edited by Paul Bywaters, Eileen McLeod and Lindsey Napier

in Social work and global health inequalities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421951
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303541 | DOI:
Developing the evidence base for practice and policy

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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

Chapter.  8352 words.  Illustrated.

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