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What is Asset-Based Community Development and how might it improve the health of people with long-term conditions? A realist synthesis

Blickem, C, Dawson, S, Kirk, S, Vassilev, I, Mathieson, A, Harrison, R, Bower, P and Lamb, J What is Asset-Based Community Development and how might it improve the health of people with long-term conditions? A realist synthesis. SAGE Open. ISSN 2158-2440 (Accepted)

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Abstract Background Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) appears to be a promising way to supporting people with long-term health problems but there is currently a lack of evidence to support this approach. Methods Taking a realist approach, a review and concept-mapping exercise of ABCD approaches to improve health were conducted with a view to providing a better understanding about these approaches, how they work, and who they work for. Results 29 papers were deemed relevant and included in the review. The realist synthesis and concept mapping helped identify concepts most commonly associated with ABCD but found no papers focussed on LTCs and thus no evidence that this approach improves health outcomes for people with LTCs. Conclusions Whilst there is a lack of clarity about how to implement ABCD or how to evaluate it, this paper offers a clearer theoretical framework about the essential ingredients needed to activate ABCD.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Self-management, Asset-based Community Development, Long-term conditions, Social networks, Social Capital, Health inequalities, Realist methods
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HS Societies secret benevolent etc
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2018 08:39
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2018 08:39
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8841

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