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Title: Individual and Geographic Factors in the Formation of Care Networks in the UK
Author(s): Bell, David
Rutherford, Alasdair C
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Keywords: social networks
long-term care
demographic change
Issue Date: Nov-2013
Citation: Bell D & Rutherford AC (2013) Individual and Geographic Factors in the Formation of Care Networks in the UK, Population, Space and Place, 19 (6), pp. 727-737.
Abstract: This paper argues that geography plays a crucial role in the formation of care networks. The role of informal carers will become increasingly important as the population ages and a better understanding of the drivers and outcome of these locational decisions is important. We use data from the British Household Panel Survey to explore the characteristics of common forms of care network; to investigate the factors that may influence the type of care network formed when a need for care is identified and to examine the role of space in the formation of care networks. Our results show the importance of both individual and geographic factors in network formation.
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