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Janet Klara Djomba and Lijana Zaletel-Kragelj

contextualized knowledge is required ( 3 ). In Slovenia, the use of qualitative research in medicine increased significantly in the last years. Studies were performed either with qualitative methods only ( 4 - 9 ), or by means of an integrated approach, together with quantitative measures ( 9 , 11 ). The social network analysis (SNA) is defined as a set of methods used for mapping, measuring and analysing social relationships between people, groups and organisations ( 12 ). It is a research approach uniquely suited to describing, exploring and understanding structural and

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Valentina Hlebec

References 1. Allen MS, Goldscheider F, Cimbrone DA. Gender roles, marital intimacy, and nomination of spouse as primary caregiver. Geront 1999; 39: 150-8. 2. Stoller E. Parental caregiving by adult chidren. J Marriage Fam 1983; 45: 851-8. 3. Stoller EP, Lorna LE. Help with activities of everyday life: sources of support for the noninstitutionalized elderly. Geront 2012; 23: 64-70. 4. Wenger GC. Support networks of older people: a guide for practitioners. Bangor: Centre for social policy research

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Vesna Zupančič and Majda Pahor

policy, to dedication to the patient’s family in order to develop a different view of the ailing family member. They identify the importance of understanding NGOs’ roles in the country in order to understand their role within the network of community treatment providers. They emphasize their importance in the planning and decision-making within the health and social care, and in the development of cooperation within care providers’ networks ( 10 ). Some research confirms that cooperation between public and non-governmental organizations at the primary health care level

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Evgen Prystupa and Iuliia Pavlova

, McFarlane BH., Olson MM. Quality of life of community mental health programme clients: validating a measure. Community Mental Health Journal 1991;27:43-55. Bowling A., Grundy E. Longitudinal studies of social networks and mortality in later life. Reviews in Clinical Gerontology 1998;8:353-61. Grundy E., Bowling A. Enhancing the quality of extended life years. Identification of the oldest old with a very good and very poor quality of life. Ageing and Mental Health 1999;3:199-212. Kaplan RM, Anderson JP. The general health

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Olivera Stanojević-Jerković, Marko Kolšek and Danica Pavlič

longitudinal analysis of late-life problem drinkers. J Subst Abuse 1994; 6: 191-208. George AA, Tucker JA. Help seeking for alcohol-related problems: social contexts surrounding entry into alcoholism treatment or alcoholics anonymous. J Stud Alcohol 1996; 57: 449-57. Groh DR, Jason LA, Keys CB. Social network variables in alcoholics anonymous: a literature review. Clin Psychol Rev 2008; 28: 430-50. Tucker JA, Gladsjo JA. Help seeking and recovery by problem drinkers: characteristics of drinkers who

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Valentina Hlebec, Andrej Srakar and Boris Majcen

often used variables in explaining the differences in usage of formal and informal care (20 - 21 , 26 ). Most often, formal services are used by people living alone (availability of informal care network), and middle class older people are most likely to obtain a disproportionate share of services (14 , 20 , 21 , 26 ). The strongest enabling factors for social homecare in assessing community and society level are prices of services, temporal and geographical accessibility of services, and relative number of formal carers per users (22) , and on individual level

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Dorjan Marušič and Valentina Prevolnik Rupel

to invest additional resources to achieve particular objectives. More and better data and analysis, including international comparisons, often help, although a great deal depends on consensus regarding the value and meaning of such evidence. Conflicts of Interest : The authors declare that no conflicts of interest exist. References 1 Wlodarczyk C. Expert network on health ad health care financing strategies in countries of central nad eastern Europe, or on the advantages of neighbourly cooperation in health care refors. Antidotum 1993; 1(Suppl): 8

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Valentina Hlebec

References Aday LA, Andersen RM. A Framework for the study of access to medical care. Health Services Res 1974; 9: 208-20. Andrews FM, Morgan JN, Sonquist JA, Klem L. Multiple alassifications analysis. Ann Arbor: Institute for Social Research, 1973. Andersen RM, McCutcheon A, Aday LA, Chiu GY, Bell R. Exploring dimension of access to medical care. Health Services Res 1983; 18: 49-74. Andersen RM. Revisiting the behavioral model and access to medical care

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Vesna Zadnik, Elodie Guillaume, Katarina Lokar, Tina Žagar, Maja Primic Žakelj, Guy Launoy and Ludivine Launay

. The social determinants of health include our early life experiences which start before birth, the formal support received by our parents, our network of social support at home and within the community, social exclusion, poverty and discrimination, unemployment and the lack of job security, the amount of control we have at work, the type and quality of food to which we have access and the type of transport available to us ( 2 , 3 , 4 ). Socioeconomic problems are now seen as health problems that must be addressed to ensure that everyone has an equal chance for a

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Irena Makivić, † Janko Kersnik and Zalika Klemenc-Ketiš

happiness go together and both result in more productive and viable communities ( 15 ). The community, i.e. the social environment we live in, and its capacity for both harm and good, are integral to personal health ( 16 ). People’s health may also depend on the size and quality of their social network. Further associations arise between education, work and social class, resulting in different healthcare outcome rates or even mortality rates ( 17 ). Social characteristics (gender, class, ethnicity, etc.) lead to different positions in working life ( 18 ). Changes in