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Long-term care in rural Alberta: exploring autonomy and capacity for action

Brassolotto, Julia, Caspar, Sienna, Spenceley, Shannon and Haney, Carly-ann (2020) Long-term care in rural Alberta: exploring autonomy and capacity for action. Journal of Long-Term Care, 2020. 80 - 90. ISSN 2516-9122

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Identification Number: 10.31389/jltc.31


Context: Since the 1990s, Alberta, Canada has seen considerable restructuring to health and long-term care (LTC) services. Most LTC research is conducted in urban centres. As a result, little is known about the effects that restructuring has had on rural LTC homes. Objective(s): In this article, we outline our findings related to autonomy and capacity for action in rural LTC homes. Method(s): We conducted a multi-site comparative case study. Using rapid ethnography, we conducted weeklong site visits at three rural LTC homes. This involved two types of data collection: semi-structured qualitative interviews and field observations. We used a feminist political economy lens to analyze the data. Findings: Our findings offer insights into how rural LTC staff are empowered to create change and/or constrained from doing so. We outline these findings at macro, meso, and micro levels of analysis and conclude that a combination of site-level and systemic factors contribute to a LTC home’s level of autonomy and capacity for action. Limitations: Our findings reflect experiences and observations at three LTC homes at three distinct points in time. Though the data provide rich descriptions, they do not provide an exhaustive account of the strengths and challenges of rural LTC. Implications: Community resources, local industries, and other socioeconomic and organizational factors contribute to a community’s response to LTC restructuring and their ability to make change and ruralize their LTC provision. These factors, and the heterogeneity of rural communities, should be taken into consideration during decision-making about rural health policy and service provision.

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Divisions: LSE
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2021 09:39
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 03:17

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