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ERIC Number: EJ1182722
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 23
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ISSN: ISSN-1744-2648
Power and Culture in Emerging Medical Technology Policymaking: The Case of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine in Canada
Wyndham-West, Michelle; Wiktorowicz, Mary; Tsasis, Peter
Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, v14 n2 p277-299 May 2018
This article captures how scientific uncertainty is negotiated and its implications on public health policy. Through the case study of the Human Papillomavirus vaccine in Canada, we investigated how policymakers engage in 'sensemaking', the process whereby policymakers mediate shifting informational terrain to come to an understanding of what events and information mean, how they become significant and how they are acted upon. Key informant interviews reveal that policymakers make decisions amidst uncertainty by invoking public health cultural ideologies and by actively managing interactions with the manufacturer. This reflects a non-linear "dispositif" that is influenced by the co-production of culture and power.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada