Making a Contribution – Sociological Theory and Method for Contemporary Healthcare Systems Research

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC15 Sociology of Health (host committee)

Language: English

The changing landscape of health care systems requires new ways of thinking about health and healthcare. The potential for sociological research to contribute to national and international debates about power relations in healthcare is yet to be fully realised. This session builds on one held in ISA Vienna in July 2016 about sociological research in healthcare systems by focusing on the contribution sociology can make to understanding contemporary trends in financing of healthcare, effects of changes to the organization of health care (including the increase of private healthcare), and the responses of citizens to requirements to be active and responsible consumers of healthcare. This session will provide a forum for debating what the sociological contribution can, and should, be to understanding contemporary healthcare systems, with particular focus on how sociological theory and research could inform, or influence, policy and practice.
Session Organizer:
Karen WILLIS, Melbourne Helath, Australia
Karen WILLIS, La Trobe University, Australia
Oral Presentations
Bourdieu and Field: Theory and Method in the Australian Healthcare Sector
Fran COLLYER, The University of Sydney, Australia; Sophie LEWIS, University of New South Wales, Australia
The Contribution of Sociology to Theorising Patient Systems of Implementation
Anne ROGERS, University of Southampton, United Kingdom; Ivaylo VASSILEV, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Going Private in the Public Sector: Understanding Commissioning Decisions in the English NHS
Vid CALOVSKI, University of Kent, United Kingdom; Michael CALNAN, University of Kent, United Kingdom
Distributed Papers
Protección De Datos Personales En Salud En Argentina. Derechos y Desafíos En La Era De La Información Digital
Patricia SCHWARZ, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Argentina
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