Who cares where the doctors are?:The expectation of mobility and its effect on health outcomes

Brewster, Liz and Lambert, Michael and Shelton, Cliff (2022) Who cares where the doctors are?:The expectation of mobility and its effect on health outcomes. Sociology of Health and Illness. ISSN 0141-9889

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Abstract

Doctors are typically portrayed as active agents in their work lives. However, this paper argues that this construction of agency ignores the effects of the healthcare structures that constrain choice, which in turn affects population health outcomes. Medical training pathways, regional boundaries, and rationalisation all have a long‐lasting impact on the provision of healthcare. Using a mobilities lens to examine the movement of doctors, this paper examines how the expectation of movement built into training programmes perpetuates unequal access to healthcare. Long waiting times, poor care quality and lack of preventative care all perpetuate health inequalities; as one of the socio‐economic determinants, access to healthcare affects health outcomes.

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Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Sociology of Health and Illness
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169346
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Deposited On:
25 Apr 2022 13:40
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Yes
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Published
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24 May 2022 00:40