Mutual benefit, added value? Doing research in the National Health Service

Will, Catherine M (2011) Mutual benefit, added value? Doing research in the National Health Service. Journal of Cultural Economy, 4 (1). pp. 11-26. ISSN 1753-0350

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The National Health Service (NHS) has recently been the focus of government efforts to retain pharmaceutical research in the UK. Efforts to foster new partnerships between health care providers and industry have been framed with suggestions that clinical trials can offer patient benefit within the NHS, cutting across ethical and sociological concerns with the possible tension between doing research and offering care. This paper draws on ethnographic research to explore the sometimes awkward juxtapositions between trial protocols and everyday care, individual health and commercial profit, and thus the distribution of value produced through trials. While researchers appear to find the distinction between research and care useful, at least some of the time, both formal and informal strategies for living with this distinction may have the unintended consequence of making research appear supplementary to rather than simply different from clinical care.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Depositing User: Catherine Will
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:03
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2019 01:19

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