The Art of Plate Spinning: a Study of Clinician-scientists’ Translational Work Practices in a Danish Hospital Setting

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Abstract

Background: Strengthening “translational pathways” between scientific research, clinical care and measureable health outcomes is politically desirable as a way of insuring that public investments in health science generate payback in the form of improved care practice and improved public health. Policy documents and existing studies on translational research have pointed to the crucial role of clinician-scientists as hybrid professionals with expertise in both health care practice and scientific research. This professional role is often understood as a key actor in facilitating adaptations of knowledge across perceived “translational gaps” between science and health care.

Purpose of study: While the importance of this role has been addressed thoroughly, only few empirical studies focus on clinician-scientists' practices, the ways in which clinician-scientists actually carry out day-to-day hospital-based translational research work. The purpose and contribution of this study is an empirical exploration of clinician-scientists work practices.

Methods/Theory: The study draws on methods and theory from the field of organizational ethnography in particular situational analysis.

Findings:The study analyzes how clinician-scientists must meet demands of multiple arenas, something which tends to be overlooked in the prevalent dualistic discussions of science and clinic as separate domains to be translated to and from each another. The arenas are depicted in turn to highlight the organizational and technical complexity as well as the scope of the specialized knowledges involved.

Conclusion: The paper argues that a continual bringing together of multiple, rather than dual arenas is constitutive of the clinician-scientists' hospital-based research work practice. Multiple arenas are continually held in play - or kept spinning - as in the image of the act of plate spinning.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date12 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2019
EventThe 9th Nordic Health Promotion Research Network Conference: Health: Societal responsibility or individual obligation? - Roskilde Universitet, Roskilde, Denmark
Duration: 12 Jun 201914 Jun 2019
Conference number: 9
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Conference

ConferenceThe 9th Nordic Health Promotion Research Network Conference
Number9
LocationRoskilde Universitet
Country/TerritoryDenmark
CityRoskilde
Period12/06/201914/06/2019
OtherThe 9th Nordic Health Promotion Research Conference addresses the question of how we as researchers are able to investigate and theorize the changing contexts for health promotion and the normativity’s intertwined with late-modern interests in health. How can we understand the duality of health as on the one hand a basic human right, a fundamental resource for living, as well as a precondition for societal cohesion and development, and on the other hand as increasingly becoming a civic obligation left for the individual to fulfill?<br/><br/>The assumption that health may be understood as a simultaneously societal, bodily as well as biological reality, subjectively experienced, objectively measured and socially constructed leads to a need for discussions of what health promotion is and can be in the future. It questions available theories and calls for in-depth reflections on how to engage with sustainable health promotion in theory, as researchers and in practice. Speakers and presenters at The 9th Nordic Health Promotion Research Conference are encouraged to address the conference theme from both empirical and theoretical angles providing a creative space for such reflections.
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