Transformations of Professional Work in Psychiatric Health Care

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In psychiatry in Denmark health and social care is being replaced by diagnostic categorisations and a more consumerized relation between the health professionals and patients as self- responsible citizens. Increasing medicalization and New Public Management reforms and standardization for cost- effectiveness intertwine with a neo-liberal health policy of a “user- focus and user involvement”,that transforms psychiatric practice. Through the micro-sociological study of professionals working with patients in psychiatry, it is illuminated how patients/clients are objectified and left to care for themselves, and how professionalism is transformed into manualisation of practice, and test technologies replace meeting “significant others”.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date1 May 2015
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015
EventNNHSH 2015: Encounters between Nordic Health, Welfare and the Global: Challenges and possibilities - UIB Global, University if Bergen, Bergen, Norway
Duration: 4 May 20155 May 2015


ConferenceNNHSH 2015
LocationUIB Global, University if Bergen
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Dybbroe, B. (2015). Transformations of Professional Work in Psychiatric Health Care. Abstract from NNHSH 2015, Bergen, Norway.