Healthcare is leaking away from the hospital and clinic into everyday life, disrupting work and play. It is no longer confined to a strictly medical sphere. Overwhelmed medical practitioners care for the expanding ranks of chronic dependents. One solution has to been to expand healthcare activities and create duties for patients. For the patient at home, it is not just about applying bandages to a wound. They now configure dialysis machines, inject insulin and stock medical supplies. Information technology produces data to be transformed into meaningful knowledge about one’s own body. However, with all of these changes, basic and fundamental questions are left unanswered. Who is this person? How do they get through everyday life? What tactics do they use as part of—and distancing themselves from—the medical regime?
Design and Anthropology, 2012
Main Research Area:
Anthropological Studies of Creativity and Perception