‘If there were doctors who could understand our problems, I would already be better’: dissatisfactory healthcare and marginalisation in superdiverse neighbourhoods

Hannah Bradby, Antje Lindenmeyer, Jenny Phillimore, Beatriz Padilla, Tilman Brand

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Abstract

How people in community settings describe their experience of disappointing health care, and their responses to such dissatisfaction, sheds light on the role of marginalisation and underlines the need for radically responsive service provision. Making the case for studying unprompted accounts of dissatisfaction with healthcare provision, this is an original analysis of 71 semi-structured interviews with healthcare users in superdiverse neighbourhoods in four European cities. Healthcare users spontaneously express disappointment with services that dismiss their concerns and fail to attend to their priorities. Analysing characteristics of these healthcare users show that no single aspect of marginalisation shapes the expression of disappointment. In response to disappointing health care, users sought out alternative services and to persuade reluctant service providers, and they withdrew from services, in order to access more suitable health care and to achieve personal vindication. Promoting normative quality standards for diverse and diversifying populations that access care from a range of public and private service providers is in tension with prioritising services that are responsive to individual priorities. Without an effort towards radically responsive service provision, the ideal of universal access on the basis of need gives way to normative service provision.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)739-757
JournalSociology of Health and Illness
Volume42
Issue number4
Early online date4 Feb 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2020

Keywords

  • diversity
  • healthcare
  • user perspectives
  • service improvement
  • access
  • quality of care
  • disappointment
  • dissatisfaction

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