LIMPRINT: a sociological perspective on "chronic edema"

Nairn, S., Dring, E., Aubeeluck, A., Quere, I. and Moffatt, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-2436-0129, 2019. LIMPRINT: a sociological perspective on "chronic edema". Lymphatic Research and Biology, 17 (2), pp. 168-172. ISSN 1539-6851

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Abstract

Background: Chronic edema is a condition that is biologically complex, distressing for patients and sociopolitically weak. Like many other complex and chronic conditions, it has a low status within health care. The result is that it has a low priority in health policy and consequently is undervalued and undertreated. While evidence-based practice promotes a hierarchy of evidence, it is also the case that clinical practice is influenced by a hierarchy of social status. These are as much political as they are scientific.

Methods and Results: This article will provide an explanation for why chronic edema is a low priority. It will do this through a critical review of the literature. We examine this through the theoretical lens of Pierre Bourdieu. The sociology of Bourdieu frames an understanding of power relations through habitus, field, and capital. We will employ these theoretical tools to understand the way that chronic edema is situated within the policy arena. We identify a number of social mechanisms that affect the status of chronic edema, including diagnostic uncertainty, social capital, scientific capital, cultural capital and economic capital.

Conclusion: We argue that a whole system approach to care, based on human need rather than unequal power relations, is a prerequisite for the delivery of good health care. The specialty of chronic edema is not a powerless group and we identify some of the ways that the social mechanism that acts as barriers to change, can also be employed to challenge them.
Methods: This paper will provide an explanation for why chronic oedema is a low priority. It will do this through a critical review of the literature. We examine this through the theoretical lens of Pierre Bourdieu. The sociology of Bourdieu frames an understanding of power relations through habitus, field and capital. We will employ these theoretical tools to understand the way that chronic oedema is situated within the policy arena.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Lymphatic Research and Biology
Creators: Nairn, S., Dring, E., Aubeeluck, A., Quere, I. and Moffatt, C.
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert
Date: 22 April 2019
Volume: 17
Number: 2
ISSN: 1539-6851
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1089/lrb.2018.0082DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 20 Mar 2019 15:47
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2019 13:15
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/36103

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