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ERIC Number: EJ1132134
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2648
Patient-Centred Decision-Making? Biocitizens between Evidence-Based Medicine and Self-Determination
Jørgensen, Marianne Winther
Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, v11 n3 p311-329 Aug 2015
Nikolas Rose's work on contemporary biopower centres the "biocitizen" as a subject governed through freedom and made individually responsible in matters of health. This article argues that a focus on its conditions of possibility will enable a better contextualisation of the biocitizen as merely one subject position among others. Using a Swedish policy document on the treatment of depression as an empirical example, the article calls for a more heterogeneous understanding of healthcare, torn for instance between ideals of evidence-based treatment and patients' self-determination, inviting further empirical and theoretical investigation of the active biocitizen and its limitations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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