Moving beyond local practice: Reconfiguring the adoption of a breast cancer diagnostic technology

Maniatopoulos, Gregory, Procter, Rob, Llewellyn, Sue, Harvey, Gill and Boyd, Alan (2015) Moving beyond local practice: Reconfiguring the adoption of a breast cancer diagnostic technology. Social Science & Medicine, 131. pp. 98-106. ISSN 0277-9536

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Abstract

This paper explores the ways in which technological innovation becomes adopted and incorporated into healthcare practice. Drawing upon the notion of ‘field of practices’, we examine how adoption is subject to spatially and temporally distributed reconfigurations across a multi-level set of practices, ranging from the policy level to the micro-level setting of individual action. The empirical backdrop is provided by a case study of the adoption of Breast Lymph Node Assay (BLNA), a diagnostic technology innovation for the treatment of breast cancer patients. Our aim is to contribute to the development of a more comprehensive analysis of the processes surrounding the adoption and incorporation of complex healthcare technologies into routine practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: United Kingdom, Technological innovation, Reconfiguration, Adoption, Healthcare practice, Diagnostic technology, Breast cancer
Subjects: B800 Medical Technology
B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2020 10:29
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2020 10:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/44418

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