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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

What is asset-based community development and how might it improve the health of people with long-term conditions? A realist synthesis
What is asset-based community development and how might it improve the health of people with long-term conditions? A realist synthesis

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. 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. Totally, 29 papers were deemed relevant and included in the review. The realist synthesis and concept mapping helped to identify concepts most commonly associated with ABCD but found no papers focused on long-term conditions (LTCs) and thus no evidence that this approach improves health outcomes for people with LTCs. While there is a lack of clarity about how to implement ABCD or how to evaluate it, this article offers a clearer theoretical framework about the essential ingredients needed to activate ABCD.

asset-based community development, health inequalities, long-term conditions, realist methods, self-management, social capital, social networks
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Blickem, Christian, Dawson, Shoba, Kirk, Susan, Vassilev, Ivaylo, Mathieson, Amy, Harrison, Rebecca, Bower, Peter and Lamb, Jonathan (2018) What is asset-based community development and how might it improve the health of people with long-term conditions? A realist synthesis. SAGE Open, 8 (3). (doi:10.1177/2158244018787223).

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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. 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. Totally, 29 papers were deemed relevant and included in the review. The realist synthesis and concept mapping helped to identify concepts most commonly associated with ABCD but found no papers focused on long-term conditions (LTCs) and thus no evidence that this approach improves health outcomes for people with LTCs. While there is a lack of clarity about how to implement ABCD or how to evaluate it, this article offers a clearer theoretical framework about the essential ingredients needed to activate ABCD.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 April 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 6 July 2018
Published date: July 2018
Keywords: asset-based community development, health inequalities, long-term conditions, realist methods, self-management, social capital, social networks

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Local EPrints ID: 425574
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/425574
ISSN: 2158-2440
PURE UUID: 32390e96-7506-4dc9-997e-201a35f6c71a

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Last modified: 13 Mar 2019 17:54

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Author: Christian Blickem
Author: Shoba Dawson
Author: Susan Kirk
Author: Ivaylo Vassilev
Author: Amy Mathieson
Author: Rebecca Harrison
Author: Peter Bower
Author: Jonathan Lamb

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