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Care and support needs in rural areas


This review of Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA) in England was commissioned by the Commission for Rural Communities in order to feed into the Care and Support Green Paper (Department of Health 2008) consultation process. 

Research team

Michelle Cornes, SCWRU
Tay Nagendran, SCWRU
Jill Manthorpe, SCWRU


Commission for Rural Communities


The overall aim of this study was to identify (1) the degree to which Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA) consider rural circumstances when assessing the care and support needs of their local population and (2) whether they show that people in rural areas experience different care and support needs and, if so, what they are.


The review methodology comprised three stages: (1) An electronic search to identify JSNA documents (2) Rapid overview assessment of all identified JSNA documents by means of a word search exercise. (3) Content analysis and depth review of nine JSNA documents.


Autumn 2008


Cornes, M., Nagendran, T. & Manthorpe, J., (2008), 'Care and Support Needs in Rural Areas: A Review of Joint Strategic Needs Assessments in England' [pdf, 724 KB], London: Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London.
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