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NHS birthing pains

Martin Powell

in Shaping Health Policy

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9781847427588
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305576 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427588.003.0003
NHS birthing pains

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This chapter focuses on the creation of the NHS. It examines contributions from different times, perspectives, academic disciplines, and approaches that yield some different conclusions. However, the extent to which all these contributions are ‘case studies’ is not fully clear. The definition of a case study is far from certain, and case studies come in all shapes and sizes. The case studies of the creation of the NHS satisfy many of the criteria of Yin (1994: 147–51): significant; ‘complete’; considering alternative perspectives; displaying sufficient evidence; composed in an engaging manner.

Keywords: NHS; case study; Yin; definition

Chapter.  6409 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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