The third edition of the SAGE Handbook of Action Research presents a fully updated version of the bestselling text, including new chapters written by key figures in the field covering emerging areas in healthcare, social work, education and international development, as well as an expanded ‘skills’ section which includes new consultant-relevant materials. Building on the strength of the previous editions, editor Hilary Bradbury has carefully developed the third edition to take a strong international approach to the topic of action research and thus expanding the already-impressive scale and scope of the work. In essence, the third edition follows in the footsteps of the landmark previous editions by mapping the current state of the discipline, as well as looking to the future of the field and exploring the issues at the cutting edge of the action research paradigm today. This volume is an essential resource for scholars and professionals engaged in social and political inquiry, organizational research and education.
Chapter 32: After a Decade of Action Research: Impactful Systems Improvement in Swedish Healthcare
The healthcare systems of the industrialized world face many challenges. Populations are getting older, and increasing numbers of patients are suffering from multiple and chronic illnesses that require extensive specialist care as well as more resources (Cederquist and Hjortendal Hellman, 2005; Dent, 2003; Institute of Medicine, 2000, 2001; OECD, 2007; WHO, 2000). At the same time, new and expensive drugs and treatments are being introduced at an accelerating rate, leading to increased healthcare expenditures. Moreover, as the proportion of the elderly in the population increases, the number of taxpayers decreases (WHO, 2000). The question then of how to ...