Fighting Fires? - emergency hospital admissions and the concept of prevention

Rosemary Littlechild, Jon Glasby

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Although the UK's health and social care system has always been geared towards dealing with crises, evidence suggests that this is becoming increasingly the case. Changes in health care and the prioritisation of scarce resources have resulted in a situation where those with low level needs are often left unsupported until they experience a major life crisis. To rectify this situation, the government has introduced a range of policies designed to emphasise the need for preventive work. Against this background, this paper focuses on the issue of emergency hospital admissions, critiquing the research methodologies that have been used to investigate the scope for preventive work in this area. Despite the use of more sophisticated and objective research tools, there is a need to develop new ways of researching emergency admissions which build on the strengths of existing approaches while at the same time incorporating more of a user perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-118
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Management in Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2000


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