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How to do (or not to do) . . . a social network analysis in health systems research

Blanchet, K and James, P 2011, 'How to do (or not to do) . . . a social network analysis in health systems research' , Health Policy and Planning, 27 (5) , pp. 438-446.

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Abstract

The main challenges in international health are to scale up effective health interventions in low- and middle-income countries in order to reach a higher proportion of the population. This can be achieved through better insight into how health systems are structured. Social network analysis can provide an appropriate and innovative paradigm for the health systems researcher, allow new analyses of the structure of health systems, and facilitate understanding of the role of stakeholders within a health system. The social network analysis methodology adapted to health systems research and described in detail by the authors comprises three main stages: (i) describing the set of actors and members of the network; (ii) characterizing the relationships between actors; and (iii) analysing the structure of the systems. Evidence generated through social network analysis could help policy makers to understand how health systems react over time and to better adjust health programmes and innovations to the capacities of health systems in low- and middle-income countries to achieve universal coverage.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Environment and Life Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Health Policy and Planning
Publisher: Oxford Journals
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0268-1080
Depositing User: Professor Philip James
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2011 10:55
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:08
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/17473

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