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Shaping Health PolicyCase Study Methods and Analysis$
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Mark Exworthy, Stephen Peckham, Martin Powell, and Alison Hann

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427588

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427588.001.0001

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NHS birthing pains

NHS birthing pains

(p.43) Three NHS birthing pains
Shaping Health Policy

Martin Powell

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on the creation of the NHS. It examines contributions from different times, perspectives, academic disciplines, and approaches that yield some different conclusions. However, the extent to which all these contributions are ‘case studies’ is not fully clear. The definition of a case study is far from certain, and case studies come in all shapes and sizes. The case studies of the creation of the NHS satisfy many of the criteria of Yin (1994: 147–51): significant; ‘complete’; considering alternative perspectives; displaying sufficient evidence; composed in an engaging manner.

Keywords:   NHS, case study, Yin, definition

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