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Beyond the Berlin Wall? Investigating joint commissioning and its various meanings using a Q methodology approach

Dickinson, Helen and Jeffares, Stephen and Nicholds, Alyson and Glasby, Jon (2013) Beyond the Berlin Wall? Investigating joint commissioning and its various meanings using a Q methodology approach. Public Management Review. (In Press)

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URL of Published Version: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14719037.2012.757353

Identification Number/DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2012.757353

Joint commissioning has been extensively alluded to in English health and social care policy as a way of improving services and outcomes. Yet there is a lack of specificity pertaining to what joint commissioning actually is and what success would look like. In this paper we adopt a Q methodology approach to understand the different meanings of joint commissioning that those involved in these arrangements hold. In doing so we get beyond the more orthodox interpretations of joint commissioning found in the literature although the appeal of joint commissioning as a ‘good thing’ is still prominent across these accounts.

Type of Work:Article
Date:2013 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:Health Services Management Centre
Keywords:Joint commissioning, Q methodology, collaboration, meaning
Subjects:HJ Public Finance
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Taylor & Francis
ID Code:1281
Refereed:YES
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