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Title: Accessing cancer care in the context of a changing English National Health Service
Author: Brisley, Adam Leon
ISNI:       0000 0004 5360 9362
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis is based on 18 months ethnographic fieldwork in and around the National Heath Service (NHS) in Greater Manchester, UK, between 2011 and 2012. The fieldwork focused on practices and experiences of cancer care and the care of other related diseases (e.g. brain tumour, post surgical pain and cancer related mental illnesses) and primarily involved in-depth interview-based case studies with patients, carers and clinicians, as well as participant observation at hospital outpatient clinics and a local cancer centre. Over the past thirty years, the English NHS has been through numerous market- based structural reorganisation programmes broadly aimed at increasing provider competition and patient choice within the health service. At the same time, various new ways of configuring medical knowledge and reforming the ‘traditional clinical interaction’ have grown in influence in NHS care practices. This thesis seeks to record the ways in which new managerial technologies, clinical tools and medical and healthcare rationalities (e.g. risk medicine, patient pathways, diagnostic categories and the logic of patient choice) introduce new ways to experience disease and treatment. Following Das (2015), among others (see Biehl and Moran- Thomas 2009), I do not treat these abstract forms as dominating forces that over-determine experience and practice. But instead, I attend to how broad structures and rationalities become embedded in practices, experiences and biographies of illness and care. In particular, I focus on what is required for care to be accessed (or ‘activated’) in a context permeated by these competing systems of value and meaning.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: ESRC
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Cancer ; NHS ; Medical Anthropology ; Patient Choice ; Risk ; UK ; Healthcare ; Care ; Illness Narratives