Is it consumer or community participation?: examining the links between 'community' and 'participation'

Taylor, Judy, Wilkinson, David and Cheers, Brian (2006) Is it consumer or community participation?: examining the links between 'community' and 'participation'. Health Sociology Review, 15 1: 38-47. doi:10.5172/hesr.2006.15.1.38


Author Taylor, Judy
Wilkinson, David
Cheers, Brian
Title Is it consumer or community participation?: examining the links between 'community' and 'participation'
Journal name Health Sociology Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1446-1242
Publication date 2006-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5172/hesr.2006.15.1.38
Open Access Status
Volume 15
Issue 1
Start page 38
End page 47
Total pages 10
Place of publication Maleny, Australia
Publisher eContent Management Pty Ltd
Language eng
Subject 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract In writing about community participation in health, the term 'community' is used loosely and ambiguously. On analysis, it appears that there is a conceptual shift in health policy to thinking about involvement of consumers in health planning and programs rather than communities. This shift is consistent with a managerialist approach to planning health service delivery. Participative processes are perceived as being initiated and directed by health administrators. Participants in the processes are to be 'representative' of health service consumers, rather than whole communities. However, in many Australian rural communities, there are enduring traditions of community participation in providing governance for local hospitals, developing infrastructure for general practice services, and providing in-kind support. Participation in health services is embedded in the way the community functions. Acknowledging and understanding the ways in which 'community participation' and 'consumer participation' are different may result in more effective participative processes.
Keyword Community
Health services
Rural health services
Q-Index Code C1

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