Long-term Ill-health, Poverty and Ethnicity: A Mixed-Methods Investigation into the Experiences of Living with Chronic Health Conditions in the UK

Long-term Ill-health, Poverty and Ethnicity: A Mixed-Methods Investigation into the Experiences of Living with Chronic Health Conditions in the UK

By: Punita Chowbey (author), Lucinda Platt (author), Sarah Salway (author), Elizabeth Bayliss (author), Kaveri Harriss (author)

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Chronic ill health is now recognised as a major public health and social welfare issue, with significant new policy initiatives in recent months. This report presents findings from a detailed new investigation into the experiences of individuals living with long-term ill health and their families. New in-depth qualitative material is combined with secondary analyses of national datasets to examine the ways in which long-term ill health has an impact on different dimensions of poverty. The report: explores the links between long-term ill health and three interrelated areas: employment, welfare benefits, and social participation and social support; covers an ethnically diverse sample in order to explore, although not assume, the relevance of ethnicity for the experience and consequences of long-term ill health; and identifies ways in which current UK health and social policy might better serve the needs of people with long-term health conditions. Long-term ill health, poverty and ethnicity is of importance to policy makers and practitioners working across the public health and social welfare arenas. The findings are of relevance to a wide range of programme areas including: access to employment, welfare benefits, chronic illness self-management (Expert Patients Programmes) and minority ethnic disadvantage. Researchers and students will also find the report of interest.

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Sarah Salway is Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for Health and Social Care Research, Sheffield Hallam University. Lucinda Platt is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex. Punita Chowbey is Research Associate, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield. Kaveri Harriss is a doctoral student in the Centre for Population Studies, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Elizabeth Bayliss is Executive Director, Social Action for Health.


Executive summary; Background and methodology; Family, community and society: placing long-term health conditions in context; Individual experiences of long-term ill-health: barriers and supports to 'resilience'; Long-term health conditions and employment; Long-term health conditions and welfare benefits; Long-term health conditions and social participation; Relevance of findings for national policy.

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/04/2007
  • ISBN13: 9781861349934
  • Number Of Pages: 104
  • ID: 9781861349934
  • ISBN10: 1861349939

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