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Welfare Reform on the Web (October 2005): Social Care - Overseas

A dynamic Asian response to globalization in cross-cultural social work

K.-S. Yip

International Social Work, vol.48, 2005, p.593-607

Article discusses the impact of American popular culture on traditional Asian cultures and the implications of this for social work practice. Calls on social workers in Asian countries to use both Asian cultural wisdom and Western social work practice methods. It develops a dynamic model of cross-cultural social work in which a vigorous interaction takes place between workers, clients, clients' significant others and social policy and services in a cultural context consisting of exchange between traditional Asian and global modern American culture.

Evidence-based work in the Dutch welfare sector

H. Garretsen, I. Bongers and G. Rodenburg

British Journal of Social Work, vol.35, 2005, p.655-665

Authors argue that social welfare practice in the Netherlands is insufficiently evidence-based. Possible reasons for this are suggested, and ways to initiate more evidence-based work are proposed. Working in academic centres which offer structured co-operation between researchers and care providers is advocated, and the collaboration between an academic research centre and a welfare organisation in Tilburg is presented as a case study.

Process utility from providing informal care: the benefit of caring

W.B.F. Brouwer and others

Health Policy, vol.74, 2005, p.85-99

Informal care is an important part of total care supplied to people with chronic conditions. Given evidence that the burden of informal care can lead to a deterioration in the health of the caregiver, one wonders why they do it. Study of a sample of 950 Dutch caregivers shows that as long as caregivers are in control of the process of caring, they positively enjoy and derive happiness from their role. However, when caring starts to take control of them, the role becomes a physical strain and a mental burden.

Why do health and social care providers co-operate?

A. van Raak, A. Paulus and I. Mur-Veeman

Health Policy, vol.74, 2005, p.13-23

It is essential for policy makers seeking to develop integrated health and social care services understand what makes providers co-operate. Authors apply six theoretical perspectives which have been used to explain why private firms co-operate to public sector organisations using Dutch data. Results show that normative institutional theory, stakeholder theory, and resource dependence theory provide a better understanding of co-operation between providers than do transaction costs economics and strategic choice theory.

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