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Case studies in health policy: concluding remarks

Mark Exworthy and 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/9781847427588.003.0021
Case studies in health policy: concluding remarks

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This book has shown case studies to be a ‘flexible research tool’ available to social scientists. This flexibility is evident through its adaptability its inclusiveness but also its potential for ambiguity. It thus shows the need for clarity in the ways and settings in which case studies are deployed. The collection of case studies demonstrates that there is a continuum of case studies, in terms of scope/definition, method, and analysis. Case studies, as displayed here (and indeed elsewhere), are a ‘broad church’. However, they continue to provide value in shedding light on an empirical phenomenon and offering insights into theoretical statements.

Keywords: health policy; case studies; health research; social scientists

Chapter.  4516 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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