Dr Tracey Loughran (Reader in History, University of Essex)
Dr Kate Mahoney (Research Associate in History, University of Essex)
Dr Robert Pralat (Research Associate in Sociology, University of Cambridge)
Professor Diana Rose (Professor of User-Led Research, King’s College London)
This roundtable will focus on the role of collective action and patients’ experiences and involvement in the development of health interventions and care provision. We will consider the following questions: how do patients mobilise and what motivates them to do so, how are they able to instigate change – whether through interacting within dominant/mainstream networks or creating new spaces to challenge them, and how do they understand their identity as a 'patient' in the context of their many other identities? To address these questions, we will start with the post-war women's experiences of health and how and why they adopted (or had foisted upon them) the identity of 'patient' at specific times in their lives and the extent to which they perceived this role as entailing particular rights and responsibilities. We will then move to the role of participatory research and patients’ involvement in mental health services today. Finally, we will discuss how different kinds of desire, such as sexual desire and desire to have a child, may affect the demand for medical interventions in the healthcare.
The event was organised by the Health, Medicine and Agency network.
• Patients, Health Experiences and Collective Action
• Patient Needs: Medical Technologies, (In)Equalities and New Imaginary Futures
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