Inquiring Into Politics of Patient Democracy through Probing

Eva Knutz, Thomas Markussen, Regner Birkelund


In this paper, we shall focus on the gap between the idea of patient democracy and the practice of shared decision-making within cancer treatment at Danish hospitals. Through a design research project we are aiming at exploring how probes can be used to evoke moments of dissensus, which allow for a detailed inquiry into patient roles and identities and how shared decision-making works against patient empowerment. The argument we put forward here, is that the probing process have a value in understanding systems of power and the forming of identity belongings.

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