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Patient-centred decision making? Biocitizens between evidence-based medicine and self-determination
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Culture, Society and Media Production - KSM. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6440-9732
2015 (English)In: Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, ISSN 1744-2648, E-ISSN 1744-2656, Vol. 11, no 3, 311-329 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Nikolas Rose’s work on contemporary biopower centres the ‘biocitizen’ as a subject governed through freedom and made individually responsible in matters of health. This article argues that a focus on its conditions of possibility will enable a better contextualisation of the biocitizen as merely one subject position among others. Using a Swedish policy document on the treatment of depression as an empirical example, the article calls for a more heterogeneous understanding of healthcare, torn for instance between ideals of evidence-based treatment and patients’ selfdetermination, inviting further empirical and theoretical investigation of the active biocitizen and its limitations.

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Policy Press, 2015. Vol. 11, no 3, 311-329 p.
Keyword [en]
bio-power; Nikolas Rose; bio-citizen; Michel Calolon; calculation; evidence-based medicine; health care; depression
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-121411DOI: 10.1332/174426415X14381755121530ISI: 000361029400002OAI: diva2:854900
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

Funding text: Riksbankens Jubileumsfond in Sweden

Available from: 2015-09-18 Created: 2015-09-18 Last updated: 2015-10-07Bibliographically approved

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