A blog entry by Alice Spann

New Publication: “Challenges of combining work and unpaid care, and solutions: A scoping review

Alice Spann

Alice Spann, PhD student

I am very happy and proud to announce the publication of our review in the Health and Social Care in the Community journal just before Christmas. The result of this extensive and exhaustive review of the work-care reconciliation literature is a conceptual framework. It considers challenges which are the direct result of combining paid work and unpaid care for a sick, frail or disabled family member, friend or neighbour (primary challenges) and challenges which result from intended solutions and support (secondary challenges). This framework is useful to consider potential consequences of intended solutions and support and can help to improve the design of these solutions. In the article, we use the framework to gain a better understanding of the very complex literature and to highlight gaps in the existing evidence. The full text can be found here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/hsc.12912?af=R.

The paper is the result of an international collaboration between Sustainable Care linked PhD candidates Camille Allard and Joana Vicente and myself and my supervisory team, Prof.s Luc de Witte, Mark Hawley and Marieke Spreeuwenberg. This brilliant collaboration has led to another scoping review, focusing on the use of technology to aid carers’ work-care reconciliation efforts. This review utilises the developed conceptual framework of primary and secondary challenges as an analytic lens to discuss the benefits and shortcomings of technologies. The review is currently in preparation for publication and will be announced as soon as it is published.

Alice Spann

Alice is part of the Sustainable Care team, researching Combining work and care. Click the image below to learn more about this team’s research.

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