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ERIC Number: EJ807968
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8969
A Multidisciplinary Osteoporosis Service-Based Action Research Study
Whitehead, Dean; Keast, John; Montgomery, Val; Hayman, Sue
Health Education Journal, v63 n4 p347-361 2004
Objective: To investigate an existing Trust-based osteoporosis service's preventative activity, determine any issues and problems and use this data to reorganise the service, as part of a National Health Service Executive/Regional Office-commissioned and funded study. Setting: A UK Hospital Trust's Osteoporosis Service. Design & Method: A Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodology was adopted, using PAR group sessions and reflective journals to collect and analyse qualitative data. Results: The service was investigated and found to be lacking in preventative osteoporosis-related activity. Subsequently, the research participants identified and implemented a range of preventative activities. Conclusion: Osteoporosis is a preventable disease that is known to place both a huge economic and social burden on societies worldwide. Despite this, evidence suggests that preventative osteoporosis activity is afforded a low priority within health services. This was the case with the osteoporosis service at the beginning of this study, but demonstrates how a service can be reorientated to accommodate a programme of preventative activity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom