Proving or Improving: On Health Care Research as a Form of Self-Reflection


Mol, Annemarie (2006) Proving or Improving: On Health Care Research as a Form of Self-Reflection. Qualitative Health Research, 16 (3). pp. 405-414. ISSN 1049-7323

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Abstract:As it is, clinical trials are the gold standard of health care research, employed to prove that the care practices they study are good. Here, the author suggests that we would do better to develop research methods that work toward another goal: to improve care practices. This requires that we no longer foreground the effectiveness but, instead, investigate the various effects of interventions. If undesirable, they might then be tinkered with. As a part of this, the effects on bodily parameters and on the intricacies of daily lives should not be separated out but studied in connection. With examples drawn from studies into care practices for patients with diabetes or atherosclerosis, the author argues that instead of trying to turn the clinic into a laboratory, we should strive to support and strengthen clinical ways of working.
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