Department of Sociology

Lifestyle discussions in medical encounters with older people

Investigator (sub project): Clara Iversen, PhD (Uppsala University). The sub project is part of the project Dignity in Action of which Professor Anna Lindström (Uppsala University) is the primary investigator.

Project Description: This project aims to explore how issues related to lifestyle are raised and addressed in encounters between clinical professionals and older patients. Lifestyle can be a delicate issue as it has moral implications for both care giver and care taker. Care givers must navigate an area on the boarder of health care and private life and therefore risk coming off as moralistic. Care takers can be seen as a ‘bad patients’ who do not optimize their chances of getting well. The study shows that both parties orient to these problems and give example of strategies they use for dealing with the normative implications of their situation.  

Funding: Pre-study grant from FORTE