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Title Configuring health consumers : health work and the imperative of personal responsibility / edited by Roma Harris, Nadine Wathen and Sally Wyatt
Published Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 267 pages)
Series Health, technology and society
Health, technology, and society.
Contents Health(y) Citizenship: Technology, Work and Narratives of Responsibility; S. Wyatt, R. Harris & N. Wathen -- In Sickness and in Health: Public and Private Responsibility for Health Care from Bismarck to Obama; L. Bella -- Power to the Patient? A Critical Examination of Patient Empowerment Discourses; T. Veinot -- Lay Knowledge: The Missing Middle of the Expertise Debates; S. Wilcox -- The Rhetorical Work of Informed Choice in Midwifery: Situated Knowledges and the Negotiation of Healthcare Decisions; P. Spoel -- Empowerment, Compliance, and the Ethical Subject in Dietetic Work; J. Gingras & L. Aphramor -- Disorder Construction as Lay Work: Examining the Relationship Between Sleep Paralysis Construction and Help-Seeking Behaviours; C. Weisgerber -- Facilitating Patients' Hope Work Through Relationship: A Critique of the Discourse of Autonomy; P. Salander & C. Moynihan -- The Work of Clinical Communication in Cancer Care; P. Salmon -- Working for the Cure: Challenging Pink Ribbon Activism; M. Goldenberg -- Impatient on the Net: Exploring the Genres of Internet Use for Health; M. Bakardjieva -- Sourcing the Crowd for Health Experiences: Letting the People Speak or Obliging Voice Through Choice?; S. Adams -- Working (IT) Out Together: Engaging the Community in E-Health Developments for Obesity Management; F. Henwood, L. Carlin, E.S. Guy, A.M. Marshall & H. Smith -- Working to be Healthy: Empowering Consumers or Citizens?; R. Harris, N. Wathen & S. Wyatt
Summary Public health policy in Western countries increasingly emphasises citizens' personal responsibility for their own health. Strategies to encourage people to lessen their reliance on traditional forms of health care often involve new technologies that are intended to facilitate better access to health information and enable opportunities for self-care. 'Community-based' health care service delivery models have emerged hand-in-hand with discourses of 'patient-centred care', 'shared decision making', 'consumer health information' and patient 'autonomy' and 'empowerment'. In this book, contributors unpack these discourses and discuss their implications for relationships between patients and their health care providers, including the increasingly contested boundaries of medical 'expertize'. A distinctive contribution of this book is to bring together recent discussions about health 'consumerism' and self-care with developments in the sociology of work to make visible the restructuring of health-related labour, particularly emerging forms of health 'work' that are increasingly expected of private citizens
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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Subject Consumer Health Information.
Patient Participation.
Professional-Patient Relations.
Self Care.
Medical informatics.
Medical policy.
Self-care, Health.
Social medicine.
Form Electronic book
Author Harris, Roma M.
Wathen, C. Nadine, 1968-
Wyatt, Sally, 1959-
ISBN 0230292542 (electronic bk.)
9780230292543 (electronic bk.)