A role for communities in primary prevention of chronic illness: case studies in regional Australia

Taylor, Judy, Braunack-Mayer, Annette, Cargo, Margaret, Larkins, Sarah, and Preston, Robyn (2013) A role for communities in primary prevention of chronic illness: case studies in regional Australia. Qualitative Health Research, 23 (8). pp. 1103-1113.

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Abstract

In regional Australia "communities of place," defined as bounded geographic locations with a local society, undertake community-wide primary prevention programs. In helping to prevent chronic illness, communities provide valuable resources to the health system. To understand the role of community–health sector partnerships for primary prevention and the community contextual factors that affect them, we studied eight partnerships. We used an embedded multiple case study design and collected data through interviews, nonparticipant observation, and document analysis. These data were analyzed using a typology of community–health sector partnerships and community interaction theory to frame the key community contextual factors that affected partnerships. The dominant factor affecting all partnerships was the presence of a collective commitment that communities brought to making the community a better place through developing health. We call this a communitarian approach. Additional research to investigate factors influencing a communitarian approach and the role it plays in partnerships is required.

Item ID: 27785
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: case studies, community and public health, community-based programs, health promotion, participation, social
ISSN: 1552-7557
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2013 02:31
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111708 Health and Community Services @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920412 Preventive Medicine @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920413 Social Structure and Health @ 50%
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