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==Convoy Theory of Social Networks==
 
==Convoy Theory of Social Networks==
   
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt">In the social convoy model of social relations, individuals go through life embedded in a personal network of individuals from whom they give and receive social support.<span style="mso-ansi-language: EN"> Circles are used to separate people in terms of the closeness of their relationship with an individual.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>In the health care setting, it can be used by healthcare professionals to assess the effects of social isolation on a patient’s health.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Patient that have strong support networks tend live happier and healthier lives.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Support networks may be informal e.g. family, friends, loved-ones, etc., or, formal e.g. healthcare professionals, informal carers, charity organizations, etc. The model can be used by healthcare professionals to assess the ability of an individual to cope with their illness, and to evaluate the important of healthcare professionals to a patient’s social network.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Changes that occur over time can be explored to see the effects of ill health on the patient’s social network, as networks may grow in some areas e.g. due to contact with health services, and shrink in others. </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt">In the social convoy model of social relations, individuals go through life embedded in a personal network of individuals from whom they give and receive social support.<span style="mso-ansi-language: EN"> Circles are used to separate people in terms of the closeness of their relationship with an individual.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>In the health care setting, it can be used by healthcare professionals to assess the effects of social isolation on a patient’s health.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Patient that have strong support networks tend live happier and healthier lives.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Support networks may be informal e.g. family, friends, loved-ones, etc., or, formal e.g. healthcare professionals, informal carers, charity organizations, etc. The model can be used by healthcare professionals to assess the ability of an individual to cope with their illness, and to evaluate the important of healthcare professionals to a patient’s social network.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Changes that occur over time can be explored to see the effects of ill health on the patient’s social network, as networks may grow in some areas e.g. due to contact with health services, and shrink in others.</span></p>
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