Lay health workers

Publication Title: 
Social Science & Medicine (1982)

Lay involvement in public health programmes occurs through formalised lay health worker (LHW) and other volunteer roles. Whether such participation should be supported, or indeed rewarded, by payment is a critical question. With reference to policy in England, UK, this paper argues how framing citizen involvement in health only as time freely given does not account for the complexities of practice, nor intrinsic motivations. The paper reports results on payment drawn from a study of approaches to support lay people in public health roles, conducted in England, 2007-9.

Author(s): 
South, Jane
Purcell, Martin E.
Branney, Peter
Gamsu, Mark
White, Judy
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