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Parent-led conferences as sites of medical work

Dimond, Rebecca ORCID: 2014. Parent-led conferences as sites of medical work. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine 18 (6) , pp. 631-645. 10.1177/1363459314524806

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Conferences are novel sites for understanding medical work. Through describing styles of presentation that take place at conferences attended by patients and parents, this article highlights how clinicians on stage present ordinary and extraordinary aspects of medicine. Attention is drawn to the reaction of the parents in the audience. The power of the presenter to direct proceedings highlights the potential vulnerability of the audience. The relationship between clinician on stage and parents in the audience reflects the clinical relationship between doctor and patient. But through identifying insiders and outsiders, the conference setting also enables new relationships and collective identities to be formed. Drawing on an ethnographic study of rare disease conferences, this article extends understanding of medical work by identifying how conferences offer new ways of witnessing the clinical gaze, the doctor–patient relationship and the formation and enactment of a conference community.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1363-4593
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 20:04

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