Vibrant Screens: Remote therapy and counselling through the lens of digital materiality
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by Marjo Kolehmainen
3d ago
Health, Ahead of Print. This article analyses the digital screen as a health technology. In particular, the article asks how screens as a part of therapy settings or counselling practices materialise – or fail to materialise – care. The empirical data comprise interviews with therapy and counselling professionals, whose experiences with technology during the COVID-19 pandemic were my original interest. Adopting a sociomaterial approach to technology use, it scrutinises not only how screens are used, but also how screens themselves act and operate. This approach foregrounds the screen as ‘multi ..read more
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Rethinking the logic of early diagnosis in cancer
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by Christina Sadolin Damhus, Mette Bech Risør, John Brandt Brodersen, Alexandra Brandt Ryborg Jønsson
3d ago
Health, Ahead of Print. To reduce morbidity and mortality of cancer, more countries have implemented strategies to detect cancer, based on the logic of ‘the sooner the better’. Time is thereby an essential component in how cancer research, policies, and prevention are practiced today. Where the logic of early diagnosis benefits some, the logic also produces harms. In this article, we use a cross-disciplinary case-study design to discuss how different notions of time and linearity are essential in today’s research ontology of cancer, describe the individual and societal consequences of such ont ..read more
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“Too soft for real psychiatry”? Gendered boundary-making between coercion and dialog in Italian wards
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by Eleonora Rossero, Raffaella Ferrero Camoletto
3d ago
Health, Ahead of Print. Psychiatric practice has always entailed a coercive dimension, visible not only in its formal expressions (e.g. compulsory treatment) but in many informal and implicit forms. In fact, contemporary psychiatric practices are characterized by an interplay of coercion and dialog to be interpreted not as binary categories but as extremes of a spectrum. Within this perspective, it becomes crucial to draw boundaries attributing meaning to professional identities and practices in psychiatric work. This is particularly relevant in acute wards: to explore this issue, we selected ..read more
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‘Hearts’ and ‘minds’: Illustrating identity tensions of people living and working through marketising policy change of allied health disability services in Australia
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by Kristen Foley, Stacie Attrill, Chris Brebner
2w ago
Health, Ahead of Print. Service-based caring sectors like disability are increasingly being operated via market logic, including shifts towards personalised funding. These shifts must be brought to life in/through people already located in relation to ideas and values that underpin historical policies. Our manuscript examines how identities are re/shaped in relation to marketised policy change and explores how identity change unfolds (or not) during periods of transition: situated within the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme executed in Australia as a major disability fund ..read more
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Mind-Stuff and Withdrawal of the Senses: Toward an Interpretation of Pratyahara in Contemporary Postural Yoga
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by Elizabeth McKibben
3w ago
Health, Ahead of Print. Yoga has become a popular health and wellbeing practice that draws on ancient philosophy. Pratyahara is a core tenet of yoga practice and is often translated to mean withdrawal of the senses. Withdrawing from the senses plays a key role in aiding yoga practitioners to find spiritual enlightenment by transcending the worldly. Withdrawing from the material world, however, does not neatly fit within the parameters of the contemporary postural yoga industry. This paper looks at the conceptual origins of pratyahara through stances relevant to health research. The author weav ..read more
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Composing adult lives with a ventilator at the intersection of developmental and neoliberal discourses of time
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by Elizabeth J Straus, Helen Brown, A. Fuchsia Howard, Gail Teachman
1M ago
Health, Ahead of Print. This paper explores temporalities and experiences of time drawn from an analysis of interview data from a critical narrative inquiry of the experiences of young adults living with home mechanical ventilation (HMV). The analysis centers the ideological effects of dominant discourses that shape understandings of time in the Euro-Western world and the ways in which young adults’ stories prompt a rethinking of time in health research and praxis. Data generation involved interviews and photo-elicitation with five young adults (ages 18–40). A critical narrative analysis of pa ..read more
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Narratives about distributed health literacy during the COVID-19 pandemic
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by Susana Silva, Helena Machado, Ilaria Galasso, Bettina M Zimmermann, Carlo Botrugno
2M ago
Health, Ahead of Print. The promotion of health literacy was a key public health strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the role of social networks and relationships for support with health literacy-related tasks in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic is scarcely understood. Moving beyond traditional notions of health literacy, which focus on individual skills and knowledge, this study uses the concept of distributed health literacy to explore how individuals make meaning of and respond to health literacy and make their literacy skills available to others through their relational and ..read more
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Biographical disruption, redefinition, and recovery: Illness identities of women with depression and diabetes
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by Deborah A Potter
2M ago
Health, Ahead of Print. The rich conceptual literature on illness experiences has been based largely on singular diseases/conditions. However, over the last few decades, more complex disease patterns and increased longevity have complicated our understanding of how people experience illness. This study builds upon existing theoretical constructs (e.g. biographical disruption) to more robustly capture the illness experiences of those living with multi-morbid conditions. In-depth interviews, examining the post-diagnostic experiences of women living simultaneously with common somatic (diabetes) a ..read more
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Medication literacy and its social contextuality
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by Noémia Lopes, Carla Rodrigues, Elsa Pegado
2M ago
Health, Ahead of Print. This article aims to contribute to the discussion about medication literacy, by focussing on the social contextuality of the information mobilised in the use of medicines. We aim to explore the social construction processes of medication literacy, as an essential dimension for a more layperson-centred approach in the promotion of literacy in this field. This approach is justified by the growing social and cultural dissemination of medication use, the diversification of its uses beyond health and illness, and the increasing degree of lay autonomy in managing its use. The ..read more
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‘Through a kaleidoscope’: A Foucauldian discourse analysis of Belgian policy regarding patients with a migration background and depression in general practices
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by Camille Wets, Piet Bracke, Katrijn Delaruelle, Melissa Ceuterick
3M ago
Health, Ahead of Print. A higher prevalence of depression is found among patients with a migration background within the Belgian population. Nevertheless, this group is underrepresented in ambulant and residential mental health care services. Since general practitioners (GPs) have a crucial gatekeeping role, this led some researchers to investigate the possibility of a provider bias influencing GPs’ assessment and referral of depressed patients with a migration background. However, GPs’ accounts may be influenced by wider professional discourses present at the policy level, which are inevitabl ..read more
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