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The health role of local area coordinators in Scotland: A mixed methods study.

Brown, Michael; Karatzias, Thanos; O'Leary, Lisa


Michael Brown

Lisa O'Leary


The study set out to explore whether local area coordinators (LACs) and their managers view the health role of LACs as an essential component of their work and identify the health-related activities undertaken by LACs in Scotland. A mixed methods cross-sectional phenomenological study involving local authority service managers (n = 25) and LACs (n = 40) was adopted. Quantitative data from LACs were obtained using online and postal questionnaires. Qualitative data from local authority service managers and LACs were collected using one-to-one interviews and focus groups. Thematic analysis was undertaken of the qualitative data. The results indicate that there is a need to develop further the wider public health role of LACs to incorporate health-related activities focused on broader community-based outcomes such as empowerment and community integration. By adopting a public health role, LACs will be able to contribute to the reduction of health inequalities in people with learning disabilities.


Brown, M., Karatzias, T., & O'Leary, L. (2013). The health role of local area coordinators in Scotland: A mixed methods study. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 17, 387-402.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2013
Deposit Date May 12, 2015
Print ISSN 1744-6295
Electronic ISSN 1744-6309
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Pages 387-402
Keywords Public health; health needs; health inequalities; intellectual disabilities; health policy;
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