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Participatory research and the transformation of 'the professional' and the 'patient' in current healthcare reform

Conference paper
Authors Mona Nilsen
Åsa Mäkitalo
Published in Symposia presentation at ProPEL International Conference, May 9-11 at the University of Stirling.
Publication year 2012
Published at The Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction, and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS)
Department of Education, Communication and Learning
Language en
Subject categories Health Sciences, Learning, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


In the language of person-centered care a reinvention of ‘the patient’ is being called upon. Patients are being reformulated or as Candlin (2002, p.1) argues, “reinvented as partners” (Candlin, 2000, p. 1) in healthcare processes. There seems to be several arguments for the need of such a new partnership, one of these concern a shift in stance from a compliance metaphor to one of concordance between healthcare professionals and patients which means that information, responsibility and agency is shared between the two. It is stressed that healthcare professionals need to establish “closer-to-patient” relationships, especially with patients who need to have a long-term relationship with healthcare professionals due to chronic conditions so as “to improve the quality of patient input from life experience and experience with the condition” (p. 1). Another reason put forth for such a new partnership concerns patients’ greater access to information and knowledge about their condition as rendered possible by digital technologies. In this paper we take a sociocultural perspective as our point of departure when person-centred care as a reform movement is addressed. We will highlight how knowledge is practically co-produced, negotiated and communicated among professionals and patients through the introduction of a particular but commonly used digital technology – the mobile phone - as an explicit material-semiotic means. The paper will theoretically discuss the issue of participation and the role of the mediating artefact in co-producing knowing and knowers when the well established institutional category-pair ’doctor-patient’ is being reconfigured. It is argued that professional work with ”human kinds” entail a specific dynamic which inherently challenge the role of the professional as ’expert’ in interesting ways. The empirical case we will draw on, is a participatory research project in which patients, doctors, pharmacists and mobile application designers collaborate with researchers from areas of education, nursing, applied IT and theory of science.

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