Technology and Medical Practice

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Christian Heath, Marcus Sanchez Svensson, Paul Luff
Title: Technology and Medical Practice
Journal: Sociology of Health & illness
Year: 2003
Volume: 25
Issue: 3
Pagination: 75-96
ISSN: 0141-9889
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Interaction and System Design (Sektionen för teknik – adv. för interaktion och systemdesign)
School of Engineering S- 372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: One of the most significant developments in healthcare over the past 25 years has been the widespread deployment of information and communication technologies. These technologies have had a wide-ranging impact on the organisation of healthcare, on professional practice and on patients’ experience of illness and its management. In this paper we discuss the ways in which Sociology of Health and Illness has provided a forum for the analysis of these new technologies in healthcare. We review a range of relevant research published in the Journal; papers that address such issues as dehumanisation and emotional labour, professional practice and identity, and the social and institutional shaping of technology. Despite these important initiatives, we suggest that information and communication technologies in healthcare remain relatively under-explored within the Journal and, more generally, by the sociology of health and illness and point to developments in cognate areas which may have some bearing upon the analysis of technology in action.
Subject: Human Work Science\Work Practice
Nursing & Caring Sciences\General
Keywords: technology, work, social interaction, organisations