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Digital Health. Sociological Perspectives. Edition No. 1. Sociology of Health and Illness Monographs

  • ID: 5226270
  • Book
  • November 2019
  • 176 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Including contributions from international scholars, papers in this collection explore diverse fields of healthcare (reproductive health, primary care, diabetes management, mental health) within which heterogenous technologies (health apps, mobile platforms, smart textiles, time-lapse imaging) are becoming increasingly embedded.
  • Explores how digital technologies are increasingly being developed, implemented and used in the delivery of health and care, contributing to potentially disruptive changes in how healthcare is practised and experienced by health professionals, patients and those within their wider care networks
  • Demonstrates how sociological theory, often at the intersection with science and technology studies (STS), can help us understand these changes
  • Offers insights into the promissory discourses that constitute digital health and the ways in which knowledge, connectivity and power are re-configured in a range of situated health and care practices
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1. Understanding digital health: Productive tensions at the intersection of sociology of health and science and technology studies (Flis Henwood, Benjamin Marent)

Promissory digital health

2. Digitising psychiatry? Sociotechnical expectations, performative nominalism and biomedical virtue in (digital) psychiatric praxis (Martyn Pickersgill)

3. Is digital health care more equitable? The framing of health inequalities within England's digital health policy 2010–2017 (Emma Rich, Andy Miah, Sarah Lewis)

(Re)configuring knowledge

4. Navigating the cartographies of trust: how patients and carers establish the credibility of online treatment claims (Alan Petersen, Claire Tanner, Megan Munsie)

5. General Practitioner's use of online resources during medical visits: managing the boundary between inside and outside the clinic (Fiona Stevenson, Laura Hall, Maureen Seguin, Helen Atherton, Rebecca Barnes, Geraldine Leydon, Catherine Pope, Elizabeth Murray, Sue Ziebland)

6. The vaccination debate in the “post‐truth” era: social media as sites of multi‐layered reflexivity (Dino Numerato, Lenka Vochocová, Václav Štětka, Alena Macková)

7. Making sense with numbers. Unravelling ethico‐psychological subjects in practices of self‐quantification (Jeannette Pols, Dick Willems, Margunn Aanestad)

(Re)configuring connectivity

8. On digital intimacy: redefining provider–patient relationships in remote monitoring (Enrico Maria Piras, Francesco Miele)

9. Temporalities of mental distress: digital immediacy and the meaning of ‘crisis’ in online support (Ian M. Tucker, Anna Lavis)

10. Smart textiles: transforming the practice of medicalisation and health care (Kelly Joyce)

(Re)configuring control

11. ‘Built for expansion’: the ‘social life’ of the WHO's mental health GAP Intervention Guide (China Mills, Eva Hilberg)

12. Algorithmic assemblages of care: imaginaries, epistemologies and repair work (Nete Schwennesen)

13. The datafication of reproduction: time‐lapse embryo imaging and the commercialisation of IVF (Lucy van de Wiel)


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Flis Henwood
Benjamin Marent
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