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Risk and adult social care: Identification, management and new policies. What does UK research evidence tell us?

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JournalHealth, Risk and Society
DatePublished - 2008
Issue number3
Volume10
Number of pages19
Pages (from-to)297-315
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Risk is a central defining feature and area of concern in adult social care provision, but what do we actually know about how service users, carers and practitioners define and manage risk? This question is increasingly important as current policy advocates greater service user choice and control through a range of self-directed support mechanisms, and statutory duties and professional boundaries are challenged. This paper reports the results of a recently completed UK based scoping review that investigated how different groups of adult social care service users and service providers perceive and understand the everyday risks they face. It highlights how different management strategies are also adopted by different groups of people, which can lead to tensions and potential conflict between practitioners, service users and informal carers. However, whilst some areas of risk in adult social care have been the focus of considerable research, others appear to have been largely ignored. The voices of some groups of users remain hidden and apparently of little concern. These gaps and inconsistencies will be identified and discussed in relation to current policy developments and their implications.

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  • perceptions of risk, risk management, adult social care, research evidence, MENTAL-HEALTH, LEARNING-DIFFICULTIES, OLDER-PEOPLE, COMMUNITY, WORK, DISABILITIES, DEMENTIA, ABUSE

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