Asoka, Tarry (2016) The Feasibility of Managed Clinical Networks in Nigeria: a case of policy transfer to less advanced settings. Doctoral thesis, Keele University.

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Abstract

The concept of the ‘managed clinical network’ has provoked significant attention for its promise as a means of improving services for people where their condition requires care across a range of organisations and agencies. The concept suggests a model of service organisation and governance that gives privilege to working relationships among organisations, clinical work groups, and/or individual clinicians and so promotes coordination and integration of scarce care resources, knowledge and practice. Despite repeated calls by the World Health Organisation for the adoption of managed clinical networks in developing countries, the feasibility of the network model of service delivery in this setting has not been demonstrated. Taking the implementation of programme clusters for care and support of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria as a ‘more feasible’ case study, this thesis examines the process of transfer of the idea of the managed clinical network into less advanced settings.

The empirical findings in this dissertation suggest that the two programme clusters, as suggested by the expressed ‘Theory of Change’, altered networks of relationships and produced new forms of collaborative practice within these HIV/AIDS programme clusters in response to understanding of the disease as a ‘wicked problem’, requiring collective action. Though operationally feasible, the findings of this research study also indicate that, because these networks challenge existing institutional arrangements in Nigeria, the ability of collaborating partners to sustain the networks without reform within the institutional context is unclear. Further research is recommended, to explore ‘whether’, ‘how’, and ‘why’ the policy/idea of the managed clinical network, as an alternative means of service integration, might be situated in an institutional context that is characterized by a mix of modes of governance (hierarchy and markets) typical of Nigeria, and the possibility of ‘sustainable transfer’ into this environment.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Managed clinical network, Policy transfer, HIV/AIDS, Nigeria
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Keele Management School
Depositing User: Lisa Bailey
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2016 14:36
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2016 14:36
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/2368

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