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Who cares? : Preventive healthcare in Dutch municipalities

Koetsveld, H. (2020) Who cares? : Preventive healthcare in Dutch municipalities.

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Abstract:Municipalities play a big role in preventive healthcare towards citizens, as they are given the obligation by law to take care of multiple tasks in this domain. The importance of preventive healthcare is also growing, as the government stresses the idea of self-sustainability and a healthy lifestyle. However, there are differences in the degree to which municipalities take action on this topic. In this research, the effects of political orientation, problem severity and the availability of network partners on these differences were studied. Policy documents from eight municipalities were collected and researched and each municipality was awarded a score. The results showed that political orientation of the municipality did not have any effects. The variable ‘availability of network partners’ only played a role in local, small-scaled partnerships. The biggest effect was problem severity: when there is a high degree of smoking, alcohol abuse or overweight, municipalities are more inclined to draft policy and create implementation programs.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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