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Self Help in Health and Social Welfare
England and West Germany

ISBN 9781138607323
Published August 15, 2020 by Routledge
176 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1989, Self Help in Health and Social Welfare looks at the current World Health Organization policy that encourages self-help in health. The book suggests that this can more readily be achieved by international collaboration and exchange of ideas. England and West Germany are both advanced industrialized societies with complex and highly developed health and social welfare systems and resilient voluntary sectors. Much can therefore be learnt by comparing their experiences. This book reports developments and initiatives from these two countries, covering issues such as the institutional context, evaluating self-help, public policy and support for self-help.

Table of Contents


Introduction, Judith Unell

Part I: National Structures and Policies

1. Some Remarks on West Germany’s Health and Welfare System and the Position of Self Help, Jürgen Matzat

2. Government Policy on Self Help Groups in England, Stephen Humble

Part II: The International Context

3. Politics and Policies on Self Help: Notes on the International Scene, Jan Branckaerts and Ann Richardson

Part III: The Evaluation of Self Help

Introductory, Jill Vincent

4. The Developments of Self Help Organizations: Dilemmas and Ambiguities, Tina Posner

5. ‘I Don’t Believe in Data…’, Jill Vincent

6. Why We Need Data: Observations on Evaluation Research in Health-Related Self Help, Dieter Grunow

Part IV: Local Support for Self Help

Introductory Note, Judith Unell

7. On Support for Self Help Groups at the Local Level, Jürgen Matzat and Astrid Estorff

8. The Contact and Information Centre for Self Help Groups in Hamburg: How It Was Set Up, Astrid Estorff

9. Local Support for Self Help Groups: A Future Task for the Health Social and Education Services, Helmut Breitkopf

10. English Self Help Support in Context, Judith Unell

11. From Philosophy to Partnership, Judy Wilson

12. Local Support for Self Help. More Difficult than it Looks, Judith Unell

Concluding Notes, Stephen Humble

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