The Transformation of Contemporary Health Care
The Market, the Laboratory, and the Forum
Routledge – 2012 – 182 pages
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).
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
Tiago Moreira is Lecturer in Sociology at Durham University.