Much has been made over the years of the view that health-related geographical research has failed fully to explore the complex and mutually reinforcing impact of social and spatial relations on individual health-related behaviours.
At the same time, there is a growing awareness elsewhere in the social sciences and in health services research of the generally inadequate exploration of the role of place particularly at the scale of the local community in the social construction of health, illness and health care use.
This paper aims to contribute to the debate by offering a clear framework within which to analyse the impact of spatially configured social relations at the micro-level.
In-depth interview evidence from Liverpool shows that, looking at the problem from the perspective of the opportunity-costs of time space constraints, is a useful means to understand the distinct ways in which health services are used, when and why, across different social groups and geographical areas.
Particular attention is drawn to the different thresholds for decision-making depending upon whose health-related needs are being negotiated within the family.
The paper concludes with the latest policy developments in UK primary care which offer professionals the clear opportunity to develop much more sophisticated understandings of what constitutes locally-sensitive health service provision. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Analyse sociologique, Analyse spatiale, Soin santé primaire, Service santé, Besoin, Homme, Femelle
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Social analysis, Spatial analysis, Primary health care, Health service, Need, Human, Female
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0171403
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 16/11/1999.