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Locked-In: The dangers of health service captivity and cessation for older adults and their carers during COVID-19

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Wilson-Nash C (2022) Locked-In: The dangers of health service captivity and cessation for older adults and their carers during COVID-19. Journal of Marketing Management. https://doi.org/10.1080/0267257X.2022.2078861

Abstract
Focusing on the government-led health service in the UK, this paper explores the experiences of family caregivers, responsible for co-ordinating the healthcare of older adults experiencing vulnerability during the pandemic. Data were collected through a 6-month covert netnography, culminating in 322 relevant forum topics and 2607 posts. The findings reveal that both ageing consumers and their carers experience service captivity, which leads to vulnerability. Furthermore, older adults experience vulnerability most when service cessation occurs, involving premature discharge from hospital, eviction from care homes and in-home caregivers withdrawing services, leaving the consumer without an essential health service. Recommendations are made to health service organisations to aid in preventing service captivity and cessation in government-led health services, especially during times of crisis.

Keywords
Transformative service mediator; service captivity; service cessation; healthcare; consumers experiencing vulnerability; older adults

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Output Status: Forthcoming/Available Online

Journal
Journal of Marketing Management

StatusIn Press
Publication date online31/05/2022
Date accepted by journal26/02/2022
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/34202
ISSN0267-257X
eISSN1472-1376

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Dr Carolyn Wilson-Nash
Dr Carolyn Wilson-Nash

Lecturer in Marketing & Retail, Marketing & Retail

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