Researching Trust and Health
Edited by Julie Brownlie, Alexandra Greene, Alexandra Howson
Routledge – 2008 – 222 pages
There is currently a lively debate ongoing in society about the nature of trust and the conditions necessary to establish and sustain it. Given the role of trust in bridging uncertainty, it is perhaps not surprising that as our consciousness of risk has increased, the role and nature of trust in social practices has come under growing scrutiny. These developments are particularly relevant to health because participation in health practices is arguably based on and engendered through trust. There is thus a need for empirically based research, which intelligently unravels this complexity to support all stakeholders in the health arena. This multidisciplinary volume of work addresses this gap by contributing substantively to the exploration of trust in the experience, practice and organization of health. It offers an overview of recent scholarship, based on empirical research, which explores the significance of trust in relation to key health-related issues. At the same time, this text examines conceptual themes in relation to trust more generally, including the relationship between trust and auditing, consent, expert knowledges and social capital.
Foreword Guido Möllering. Acknowledgments. Introduction Julie Brownlie and Alexandra Howson. 1. Conceptualizing Trust and Health Julie Brownlie 2. ‘Virtual Trust - Online Emotional Intimacies in Mental Health Support Hester Parr and Joyce Davidson 3. “You have to have trust in those pictures” A Perspective on Women’s Experiences of Mammography Screening Marit Solbjør 4. Restoring Trust? Trust and Informed Consent in the Aftermath of the Organ Retention Scandal Valerie M. Sheach Leith 5. The Nature of Reciprocity and the Spirit of the Gift: Balancing Trust and Governance in Long Term Illness Alexandra Greene, Peter McKiernan and Stephen Greene 6. Accountability and Trust in Integrated Teams for Care of Older People with Chronic Mental Health Problems Guro Huby 7. Trust and Asymmetry in General Practitioner-Patient Relationships in the United Kingdom Bruce Guthrie 8. Tokens of Trust or Token Trust? Public Consultation and ‘Generation Scotland’ Gill Haddow and Sarah Cunningham-Burley 9. The Elixir of Social Trust: Social Capital and Cultures of Challenge in Health Movements Alex Law 10. The Health Care Outcomes of Trust: A Review of Empirical Evidence Karen S. Cook and Irena Stepanikova. Contributors. Index.
Dr Julie Brownlie is a lecturer in sociology at Stirling University. Her research interests are in the sociology of the body, childhood and trust and in sociological explorations of therapeutic practices.
Dr. Alexandra Greene is a Senior Research Fellow in Medical Anthropology in the School of Medicine at the University of Aberdeen. Her research interests are in chronic illness, patient-centred care and concordance, with a particular focus on the experiences and perceptions of and interactions between young people, the family and health care professionals.
Alexandra Howson, M.A., Ph.D. has taught and researched sociology at several universities in Scotland, where her interests focused on overlapping fields of the body, gender and health. She has published widely in these areas and has also written two books – The Body in Society (Polity, 2003) and Embodying Gender (Sage, 2005). She is currently an independent Research Consultant in Northern California.