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dc.contributor.authorDyson, Simonen
dc.contributor.authorDyson, Sue, 1960-en
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-26T16:03:57Z
dc.date.available2014-08-26T16:03:57Z
dc.date.issued2014-08-15
dc.identifier.citationDyson, S.M. and Dyson S.E. (2014) The politics of health services research: health professionals as hired hands in a commissioned research project in England. Sociological Research Online, 19 (3):14en
dc.identifier.issn1360-7804
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2086/10209
dc.description.abstractPrevious health services research has failed to account for the role played by clinical staff in the collection of data. In this paper we use the work of Roth on hired hand research to examine the politics of evidence production within health services research. Sociologies of work predict lack of engagement in the research tasks by subordinated groups of workers. We examine the role of midwives in researching ante-natal screening for sickle cell and thalassaemia in England, and construct three ideal types: repairers, refractors, and resisters to account for the variable engagement of health staff with research. We find some features of the hired hand phenomenon predicted by Roth to be in evidence, and suggest that the context of our project is similar to much health services research. We conclude that without concerted attempts (1) to change the social relations of research production; (2) to mitigate hired hand effects; (3) to assess the impact of the hired hand effect on the validity and reliability of findings, and (4) to report on these limitations, that health services research involving large teams of subordinated clinical staff as data collectors will be prone to produce evidence that is of limited trustworthiness.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversities of Surrey, University of Stirling, British Sociological Association, Sage Ltden
dc.subjectEvidence-Based Researchen
dc.subjectHealth Services Research,en
dc.subjectHired Handsen
dc.subjectMidwivesen
dc.subjectResearch Methodologyen
dc.subjectWork and Employmenten
dc.titleThe politics of health services research: health professionals as hired hands in a commissioned research project in Englanden
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.5153/sro.3457
dc.identifier.doihttp://www.socresonline.org.uk/19/3/14.html
dc.peerreviewedYesen
dc.explorer.multimediaNoen
dc.funderNHS Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Screening Programmeen
dc.funderUnit for the Social Study of Thalassaemia and Sickle Cellen
dc.projectidEthnicity Questions and Ante-Natal Screening for Sickle Cell and Thalassaemiaen
dc.researchinstituteInstitute for Allied Health Sciences Researchen


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