THE CASE FOR MEDIATION
IN PRIMARY CARE
A Project submitted in partial requirement for;
Higher Diploma in Mediation and Conflict Resolution
University College Dublin
I hereby declare that this project is my own work
I do wish for this project to be used for public display
DATE: 6th. March 2006.
THE CASE FOR MEDIATION IN PRIMARY CARE
1. INTRODUCTION: 3
IS MEDIATION GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH? 5
CAN EMPOWERMENT AND SELF-DETERMINATION THEORIES MEDIATE BETTER HEALTH? 8
Preamble: Inequality, not Health, is the “substantive” issue: 8
Health Lessons from the Social Sciences: A Global Picture 6
Can Mediation make the world a healthier place? 9
COMMUNITY HEALTH DEVELOPMENT AND MEDIATION 15
Community Mediation and Community Development:
twin struggles 15
The Future of MCR in Primary Care in Ireland: 14
Poverty is bad for your health. This is now official, even in Ireland (Barrington 2004, Health Research Board 2005). “Between 1989 and 1998 the total death rate of the lowest occupational group was 100 to 200 per cent higher than in the highest occupational group” (CPA 2004).
The diagnosis includes economic, political and social inequality and the symptoms are more frequent infections, greater incidences of, or less chance of recovery from, cardio-vascular and cancer diseases, greater prevalence of mental health problems, diabetes, greater risk of institutionalisation and you are in for an earlier death. From the point of view of the social analysts this recent legitimation of what they have been proving scientifically for years is sorely, and sadly, overdue (Navarro 1976, Black Report 1980, Navarro 1994, Scambler and Higgs 1998, Navarro 2004).
What is to be the remedy, the cure? One new (supposedly) treatment is the development in Ireland by the Department of Health and...