1st Edition

The Transformation of Contemporary Health Care
The Market, the Laboratory, and the Forum

ISBN 9780415629607
Published June 2, 2014 by Routledge
190 Pages

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Book Description

The past three decades have seen enormous changes in the organisation of health care. This book explores the role of knowledge production and technology on these transformations, focusing on the market (attempts to embed principles of economic rationality and efficient use of resources in the shaping and delivery of health care), the laboratory (science, experiments and 'evidence' in the management of research, practice and policy) and the forum (the application of deliberative procedures and other forms of public consultation to health care decision making).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Knowledge and the Transformation of Health Care  1. Health Care Reform and the Social Sciences: The (Not So) Great Transformation?  2. Conceptualising Health Care Change: Regimes, Implements, Boundaries  3. The Market: A Biography of the QALY  4. The Laboratory: The Making of Evidence in Health Care  5. The Forum: Choreographing Public Deliberation  6. The Situated Complexity of Health Care  7. Conclusion

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Tiago Moreira is Lecturer in Sociology at Durham University.