Resurrecting the interval of need concept to improve dialogue between researchers, policymakers, and social care practitioners

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/623428
Title:
Resurrecting the interval of need concept to improve dialogue between researchers, policymakers, and social care practitioners
Authors:
Willis, Rosalind ( 0000-0001-6687-5799 ) ; Channon, Andrew Amos ( 0000-0003-4855-0418 ) ; Viana, Joe ( 0000-0001-6018-8242 ) ; LaValle Masters, Maria Herica; Hutchinson, Aisha ( 0000-0002-5474-676X )
Abstract:
Academics, social care practitioners, and policymakers speak different languages. If academic research is to have an impact on society, it must be understandable and convincing to the end users. We argue that the conceptualisation of social care “need” is different among these stakeholders, leading to poor  communication between them. Academics should use concepts that have more meaning to practitioners. We propose resurrecting a little‐used concept from the 1970s, “interval of need”, to help to bridge this gap. The interval of need concept identifies how often people require help, supplementing the usual data about types of tasks where assistance is needed. The history of the concept is described, followed by a test of its usefulness for today's researchers by applying it to data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. An updated version of interval of need is proposed. Validation checks were conducted against mortality data, and through conceptual validation from a social work practitioner. The nature of the dataset limited comparability with previous studies. However, we conclude that the interval of need concept has promising scope to enhance communication of research findings, potentially leading to improved outcomes for service users. This paper strives to mark a turning point in the language and analysis of social care, ensuring that academic investigation in this field is convincing and clear to practitioners and policymakers.
Affiliation:
University of Southampton; Akershus University Hospital; University of Bedfordshire
Citation:
Willis R, Channon A, Viana J, LaValle MH, Hutchinson A. (2019) 'Resurrecting the interval of need concept to improve dialogue between researchers, policymakers, and social care practitioners', Health and Social Care in the Community, 27 (5), pp.1271-1282.
Publisher:
Wiley
Journal:
Health and Social Care in the Community
Issue Date:
29-May-2019
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/623428
DOI:
10.1111/hsc.12769
Additional Links:
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/hsc.12769
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0966-0410
Sponsors:
Herica La Valle was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number ES/J500161/1].
Appears in Collections:
Applied social sciences

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dc.contributor.authorWillis, Rosalinden
dc.contributor.authorChannon, Andrew Amosen
dc.contributor.authorViana, Joeen
dc.contributor.authorLaValle Masters, Maria Hericaen
dc.contributor.authorHutchinson, Aishaen
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-10T08:58:29Z-
dc.date.available2019-09-10T08:58:29Z-
dc.date.issued2019-05-29-
dc.identifier.citationWillis R, Channon A, Viana J, LaValle MH, Hutchinson A. (2019) 'Resurrecting the interval of need concept to improve dialogue between researchers, policymakers, and social care practitioners', Health and Social Care in the Community, 27 (5), pp.1271-1282.en
dc.identifier.issn0966-0410-
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/hsc.12769-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/623428-
dc.description.abstractAcademics, social care practitioners, and policymakers speak different languages. If academic research is to have an impact on society, it must be understandable and convincing to the end users. We argue that the conceptualisation of social care “need” is different among these stakeholders, leading to poor  communication between them. Academics should use concepts that have more meaning to practitioners. We propose resurrecting a little‐used concept from the 1970s, “interval of need”, to help to bridge this gap. The interval of need concept identifies how often people require help, supplementing the usual data about types of tasks where assistance is needed. The history of the concept is described, followed by a test of its usefulness for today's researchers by applying it to data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. An updated version of interval of need is proposed. Validation checks were conducted against mortality data, and through conceptual validation from a social work practitioner. The nature of the dataset limited comparability with previous studies. However, we conclude that the interval of need concept has promising scope to enhance communication of research findings, potentially leading to improved outcomes for service users. This paper strives to mark a turning point in the language and analysis of social care, ensuring that academic investigation in this field is convincing and clear to practitioners and policymakers.en
dc.description.sponsorshipHerica La Valle was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number ES/J500161/1].en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWileyen
dc.relation.urlhttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/hsc.12769en
dc.rightsYellow - can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing)-
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectinterval of needen
dc.subjectsocial careen
dc.subjectpolicyen
dc.subjectL500 Social Worken
dc.titleResurrecting the interval of need concept to improve dialogue between researchers, policymakers, and social care practitionersen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Southamptonen
dc.contributor.departmentAkershus University Hospitalen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.identifier.journalHealth and Social Care in the Communityen
dc.date.updated2019-09-10T08:51:23Z-
dc.description.note12m embargo-
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