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Improving Support To Carers: A Considered Response To Parker's Critical Review

  • David Challis (a1) and Bleddyn Davies (a2)


Parker's review in the last issue has provided us with a number of questions concerning the relationship between case management services and the needs ofcarers (Parker, 1990a). Essentially, she makes three main points; the first is to question whether there is evidence that some case management services can improve outcomes for carers, the second is about experimental studies, and the third is to raise the question of the financial costs experienced by carers.



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