Our working paper for the Institute of Technology Assessment is online!
Del Savio, Lorenzo; Buyx, Alena; Prainsack, Barbara (2016) Opening the black box of participation in medicine and healthcare. ITA-manu:script 16-01.
ABSTRACT. This paper unpacks the notion of public and patient “participation” in medicine and healthcare. It does so by reviewing a series of papers published in the British Medical Journal, and by discussing these in the light of scholarship on participation in political and social theory. We find that appeals to public participation in this series are based on a diverse, potentially contradictory, set of values and motivations. We argue that if these diverse values and motivations are not carefully distinguished, appeals to participation can be an impediment, rather than an enhancement, to greater transparency and public accountability of health research.