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The state of adult social care research: findings from an online survey

Rehill, Amritpal, King, Derek and Knapp, Martin (2012) The state of adult social care research: findings from an online survey. Research Policy and Planning, 29 (2). pp. 115-134. ISSN 0264-519X

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Abstract

This paper describes the findings from an online survey that asked about the status of social care research in 2010. Some questions reflected concerns raised at a 2005 seminar, organised by the Department of Health, that had discussed social care research. Notwithstanding the difficulties of collecting this kind of information through an online survey, the findings offer some useful insights. A number of improvements were described over the period from 2005 to 2010, including a more strategic approach to research, greater emphasis on interdisciplinarity, a greater practice focus, better accessibility to findings, some influences on policy and practice, and greater involvement of people who use services and carers. On the other hand, there were strong concerns about the future funding of social care research, with associated concerns about the effectiveness of care and support. Concerns were also expressed about ethics and governance arrangements, and research careers.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://ssrg.org.uk/
Additional Information: © 2012 Social Services Research Group
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Research centres and groups > NIHR School for Social Care Research
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2012 10:39
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/45634/

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