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Why disadvantaged older adults engage in community consultation: a world café study

Wright Bevans, Katie; Walker, Alison; Vosper, Emma

Authors

Alison Walker

Emma Vosper



Abstract

Community consultation is increasingly favoured as a means of ensuring that health services adequately meet population needs, yet research, has highlighted the frequency of inadequate and tokenistic consultation. Our aim was to address the gap in understanding of the mechanisms of successful community consultation by being the first study to examine consultation events for older adults in one of the most deprived local authority areas in the UK. A naturalistic world cafe was co-designed with a community engagement service. Adults aged 68-91 years (n = 103) participated in one of two world cafe discussions. Qualitative findings demonstrated the mechanisms behind and the added value of consultation with disadvantaged older adults. Forums were found to not only offer space within which opinions could be voiced, they also supported information gathering, the adoption of civic responsibilities and social activities. Understanding of the added value of consultation forums may incentivise service providers to facilitate more meaningful consultation and encourage scholars to examine think more critically about social mechanisms that promote active ageing.

Citation

Wright Bevans, K., Walker, A., & Vosper, E. (2020). Why disadvantaged older adults engage in community consultation: a world café study. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 30(6), https://doi.org/10.1002/casp.2467

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 7, 2020
Publication Date May 26, 2020
Journal Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
Print ISSN 1052-9284
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 6
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/casp.2467
Keywords community participation; inequality; qualitative analysis; social support; health promotion
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1002/casp.2467