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2014 STM Graduate Paper Prize

The Science, Technology, and Medicine (STM) interest group of the Society for Medical Anthropology is pleased to welcome submissions for the 2014 STM Graduate Student Paper Prize. This prize is awarded annually for a paper that offers an innovative approach to issues in science, technology or medicine. These issues include:

CFP AAA 2014 Medical anthropologists as patients: the roles of researcher-as-patient narratives and embodied experience in the production of ethnography

 Ashley Vaughan (University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa) and Pamela Runestad (Elon University)   This panel explores the intersection of patient narratives, embodiment, and the self by considering how researchers’ medical experiences in the field influence the formulation of research questions and access to resources, including (but not limited to) social networks, as well as how these experiences shape data collection and analysis and choices regarding writing style. While scholarship on the “ethnographic self” in terms of reflexivity, vulnerability, and emotions in the field abounds, this panel moves beyond these efforts by drawing on S.

Re: Anthro & Capacity-Building in Primary Care

I would check the "implementation science" literature.


"Implementation science is the study of methods to promote the integration of research findings and evidence into healthcare policy and practice. It seeks to understand the behavior of healthcare professionals and other stakeholders as a key variable in the sustainable uptake, adoption, and implementation of evidence-based interventions."

Re: Anthro & Capacity-Building in Primary Care

Finding published work on this issue is sometimes hard becuse the people who DO it don't often WRITE about it. Patricia Richardson is a front line health services quality expert - she's spent a lot of time helping clincians to incorporate research findings and practice guidelines in their work, most specifically by shepherding them along as they invent their own alogrythms or clinical pathways in response to the recommendations of professional bodies and new scientific knowledge. She wrote a chapter on the process - and I guess because I helped it might count as providing a somewhat anthropological view?! Anyhow here's the ref:

Anthro & Capacity-Building in Primary Care


Can anyone recommend anthropological literature pertinent to capacity-building in the healthcare setting?  I’m involved in a project whose investigators are interested in anthropological perspectives relevant to strengthening the ability of primary care practices to incorporate emerging clinical research findings and practice guidelines.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you in advance,

Karen Dyer, PhD, MPH