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Patient Centred Systems: Techno-Anthropological reflections on the challenges of ‘meaningfully engaging’ patients within health informatics research


Wong, M-C and Almond, H and Cummings, E and Roehrer, E and Showell, C and Turner, P, Patient Centred Systems: Techno-Anthropological reflections on the challenges of meaningfully engaging' patients within health informatics research, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 215 pp. 52-66. ISSN 0926-9630 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-560-9-52


This chapter explores how Techno-Anthropology can contribute to more explicitly professional and ethically responsible reflections on the socio-technical practices involved in meaningfully engaging patients in health informatics research. The chapter draws on insights from health informatics research projects focused on chronic disease and self-management conducted in Tasmania during the last 10 years. Through these projects the paper explores three topics of relevance to ‘meaningful engagement’ with patients: (i) Patient Self-Management and Chronic Disease (ii) Patients as Users in Health Informatics research, and, (iii) Evaluations of outcomes in Health and Health Informatics Interventions. Techno-Anthropological reflections are then discussed through the concepts of liminality, polyphony and power. This chapter argues that beyond its contribution to methodology, an important role for Techno-Anthropology in patient centred health informatics research may be its capacity to support new ways of conceptualising and critically reflecting on the construction and mediation of patients' needs, values and perspectives.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:patient-centred, health informatics, chronic disease
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health informatics and information systems
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Wong, M-C (Dr Ming Wong)
UTAS Author:Almond, H (Dr Helen Almond)
UTAS Author:Cummings, E (Associate Professor Liz Cummings)
UTAS Author:Roehrer, E (Dr Erin Roehrer)
UTAS Author:Showell, C (Dr Chris Showell)
UTAS Author:Turner, P (Associate Professor Paul Turner)
ID Code:102199
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2015-08-04
Last Modified:2016-06-01

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