The social life of diagnosis

Professor Jutel considers diagnosis as a social phenomenon; explore the social-clinical interface; and identify the social promise and pitfalls of diagnosis

Inaugural lecture - Professor Annemarie Jutel

November 2016

While diagnosis is important in identifying and curing disease, it also has a strong social impact.  Diagnosis can be a source of anxiety or of relief, of hope or of despair.  It structures the experience of health and illness – determining what counts as normal, defining who is responsible for which disorders, providing frameworks for communication, and structuring relationships.

Diagnosis presents a point around which tensions may develop, and interests collide.  In this lecture, Professor Jutel considers diagnosis as a social phenomenon; explore the social-clinical interface; and identify the social promise and pitfalls of diagnosis.

This is Professor Jutel’s inaugural lecture as Professor of Health at Victoria University of Wellington.

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