Professor Annemarie Jutel

Professor in Health Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health


Teaching in 2017

Research interests

medical sociology, sociology of health and illness, sociology of diagnosis

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IDE (nursing), Nantes, France: BPhEd (hons) University of Otago, PhD, University of Otago


Annemarie trained as a Nurse at l'Ecole d infirmieres in Nantes, France and has practiced in France, the US and now New Zealand. She left clinical work in 2000 to focus on sociological aspects of health and illness. Her ground-breaking work in the sociology of diagnosis focuses on how medical classification interacts with social and cultural interests. She has written on the medicalisation of overweight, female sexuality and foetal death. Annemarie is a St Johns PRIME trained first responder and does volunteer work in the rural community of Middlemarch (Central Otago).

Research interests

Annemarie's work focuses on diagnosis: how diagnoses emerge, what forces influence their creation, and the resulting impact of diagnostic categories on socio-cultural and health protecting practices. She has focused on the pharmaceutical and fitness industries as specific agents of medicalisation and at the use of self-diagnosis in the management of pandemic influenza. She is currently looking at diagnostic disclosure: its social functions and its representation in popular culture.

The Critical Diagnosis Network

Annemarie is the facilitator of the Critical Diagnosis Network. This network consists of a group of researchers, students and community members dedicated to exploring social, cultural, creative and critical perspectives of diagnosis. 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, deciding what counts as normal, defining who is responsible for what disorders, providing frameworks for communication and structuring relationships. It presents a point around which tensions may develop, and interests collide. This research network explores multidisciplinary aspects of diagnosis with a view to enhancing our understandings of health and illness.


Authored books & chapters

Jutel, A. & Dew, K. (2014). Social Issues in Diagnosis: An Introduction for Students and Clinicians. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Jutel A, (2011). Putting a Name to It: Diagnosis in Contemporary Society. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press

Jutel, A. (2005). Cursed or carefree? Menstrual product advertising and the sportswoman. In Sport, Culture and Advertising: Identities, Commodities and the Politics of Representation (pp. 214-225). Routledge.

Journal articles and editorials

Jutel, A. (2015). Editor’s introduction: The diagnosis issue. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 58(1).

Jutel, A. (2015). The Gene, the Clinic and the Family: Diagnosing Dysmorphology, Reviving Medical Dominance. CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGY-A JOURNAL OF REVIEWS, 44(5), 671-672. doi:10.1177/0094306115599351cc

Jutel, A. (2015). Beyond the Sociology of Diagnosis. Sociology Compass, 9(9), 841-852. doi:10.1111/soc4.12296

Jutel, A., & Lupton, D. (2015). Digitizing diagnosis: a review of mobile applications in the diagnostic process. Diagnosis, 1-8.

Lupton, D., & Jutel, A. (2015). 'It's like having a physician in your pocket!' A critical analysis of self-diagnosis smartphone apps. Social Science and Medicine, 133, 128-135. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.04.004

Jutel, A., & Dew, K. (2014). Conclusion. In A. Goldstein Jutel, & K. Dew (Eds.), Social Issues in Diagnosis: An Introduction for Students and Clinicians (pp. 231-232). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Jutel, A. (2014). Diagnosis. Families, Systems and Health, 32(4), 442. doi:10.1037/fsh0000064

Jutel, A. (2014). Foreword. In D. Holmes, J. Jacob, & A. Perron (Eds.), Power and the Psychiatric Apparatus (pp. xix-xx). Surrey: Ashgate.

Dew, K., & Jutel, A. (2014). I am not a Doctor, but...The Lay-Professional Relationship in Diagnosis. In A. Goldstein Jutel, & K. Dew (Eds.), Social Issues in Diagnosis: An Introduction for Students and Clinicians (pp. 61-77). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Jutel, A., & Dew, K. (2014). Introduction. In A. Goldstein Jutel, & K. Dew (Eds.), Social Issues in Diagnosis: An Introduction for Students and Clinicians (pp. 1-14). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Jutel, A., Greenberg, A., & Katz Rothman, B. (2014). Is this Really a Disease?: Medicalization and Diagnosis. In Sociology of Diagnosis:  A Textbook for Students and Clinicians. Johns Hopkins University Press. Retrieved from

Jutel, A. G. (2014). Social implications of genomic medicine: Is medicine ready?. Australasian Medical Journal, 7(5), 236-237. doi:10.4066/amj.2014.2099

Sparks, B., & Jutel, A. (2014). Sorting snorers: Straight path to treatment?. In XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology. Yokohama.

Jutel, A. (2014). When the Penny Drops: Diagnosis and the Transformative Moment. In Sociology of Diagnosis:  A Textbook for Students and Clinicians. Johns Hopkins University Press. Retrieved from

Jutel, A., & Banister, E. (2013). "I was pretty sure I had the 'flu": Qualitative description of confirmed-influenza symptoms. Social Science and Medicine, 99, 49-55. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.10.011

Jutel, A. (2013). American Sociological Association, Sociology of Diagnosis Panel. In Discussant.

Jutel, A. (2013). From Theory to Practice: The Sociology of Diagnosis. In Keynote. Retrieved from

El Banna, H., & Jutel, A. (2013). Gastro-esophageal reflux in breastfed babies: What's missing?. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 48, 9-14.

Hancock, S., & Jutel, A. (2013). Pink Masks: Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and the Sociology of Diagnosis. Aporia: The Nursing Journal, 5(3), 6-14. Retrieved from

Shnier, A., Lexchin, J., Mintzes, B., Jutel, A., & Holloway, K. (2013). Too Few, Too Weak: Conflict of Interest Policies at Canadian Medical Schools. PLoS ONE, 8(7). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0068633

Jutel, A. (2013). When pigs could fly: Influenza and the elusive nature of diagnosis. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 56(4), 513-529. doi:10.1353/pbm.2013.0033

Jutel, A., & McBain, L. (2012). Do We Really Need to Know?. JAMA-JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, 308(15), 1533-1534. doi:10.1001/2012.jama.12266

Jutel, A. (2012). Method or Madness?: The Dominance of the Systematic Review in Nursing Scholarship. Aporia, 4(4), 52-57. Retrieved from

Lennox, S., Jutel, A., & Foureur, M. (2012). The Concerns of Competent Novices during a Mentoring Year.. Nursing research and practice, 2012, 812542. doi:10.1155/2012/812542

Jutel, A. (2011). Classification, disease, and diagnosis. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 54(2), 189-205.

Rook, H., & Jutel, A. (2011). Nursing must develop its own language to enhance understanding and visibility.. Nursing New Zealand (Wellington, N.Z. : 1995), 17(11), 16-17.

Pritchard, E. N., Jutel, A., & Tollafield, S. (2011). Positive provider interventions for enhancing influenza vaccination uptake among Pacific Peoples in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 124(1346), 75-82.

Jutel, A., Baker, M. G., Stanley, J., Sue Huang, Q., & Bandaranayake, D. (2011). Self-diagnosis of influenza during a pandemic: A cross-sectional survey. BMJ Open, 1(2). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2011-000234

Jutel, A. (2011). Sociology of Diagnosis:A preliminary review. In Unknown Book (Vol. 12, pp. 3-32). doi:10.1108/S1057-6290(2011)0000012006

Jutel, A., & Nettleton, S. (2011). Towards a sociology of diagnosis: Reflections and opportunities. Social Science and Medicine, 73(6), 793-800. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.07.014

Jutel, A. (2010). Framing disease: The example of female hypoactive sexual desire disorder. Social Science and Medicine, 70(7), 1084-1090. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.11.040

Jutel, A. (2010). Medically unexplained symptoms and the disease label. Social Theory and Health, 8(3), 229-245. doi:10.1057/sth.2009.21

Jutel, A., & Menkes, D. B. (2010). Nurses' reported influence on the prescription and use of medication. International Nursing Review, 57(1), 92-97. doi:10.1111/j.1466-7657.2009.00749.x

Jutel, A. (2010). Self-diagnosis: A discursive systematic review of the medical literature. Journal of Participatory Medicine, 2(e8).

Jutel, A., & Menkes, D. B. (2009). "But doctors do it...": Nurses' views of gifts and information from the pharmaceutical industry. Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 43(6), 1057-1063. doi:10.1345/aph.1M027

Jutel, A. (2012). Doctor’s orders: Diagnosis, medical authority and the exploitation of the fat body. In Biopolitics and the 'Obesity Epidemic': Governing Bodies (pp. 60-77). doi:10.4324/9780203882061

Jutel, A. (2009). Running like a girl: Women's running books and the paradox of tradition. Journal of Popular Culture, 42(6), 1004-1022. doi:10.1111/j.1540-5931.2009.00719.x

Buetow, S., Jutel, A., & Hoare, K. (2009). Shrinking social space in the doctor-modern patient relationship: A review of forces for, and implications of, homologisation. Patient Education and Counseling, 74(1), 97-103. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2008.07.053

Jutel, A. (2009). Sociology of diagnosis: A preliminary review. Sociology of Health and Illness, 31(2), 278-299. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9566.2008.01152.x

Jutel, A. (2009). Why the cure for flagging female libido is hard to swallow. In Article. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved from

Jutel, A. (2008). Beyond evidence-based nursing: Tools for practice. Journal of Nursing Management, 16(4), 417-421. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2834.2008.00861.x

Jutel, A. (2008). Free stuff? Yes, please. In Rapid responses for Patel, 336 (7650)962. British Medical Journal. Retrieved from

Jutel, A., & Menkes, D. (2008). Soft targets: Nurses and the pharmaceutical industry. PLOS Medicine, 5(2), 193-198.

Jutel, A., & Buetow, S. (2007). A picture of health? Unmasking the role of appearance in health. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 50(3), 421-434.

Jutel, A. (2007). Actively passive: Understanding voice in academic writing. Nurse Author & Editor, 17(2).

Jutel, A. (2007). Editorial: Control. Junctures: The Journal for Thematic Dialogue, 7, 7-10.

Jutel, A. (2007). Forgetting Millie Sampson: Collective frameworks for historical memory. New Zealand Journal of Media Studies, 10(1), 31-36. Retrieved from

Jutel, A. (2007). Fractures: Adventures of a broken body by Ann Oakley: Book review. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 60(2), 230-231.

Goldstein, A. (2007). Medicine's flight from interpretation: When a cough is simply a cough. Clinical Ethics, 2(1), 15-18.

Jutel, A. (2007). Responding to peer review. Nurse Author & Editor, 17(1).

Jutel, A. (2007). The Triathlon. In D. Booth, & H. Thorpe (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Extreme Sport (pp. 324-328). USA: Berkshire Publishing Group.

Jutel, A. (2007). Writing for publication in the Polytechnic or 'New University' sector. Nurse Author & Editor, 17(3).

Jutel, A. (2006). Conflicted encounters: Theoretical considerations in the understanding of disease mongering. Monash Bioethics Review, 25(3), 7-23.

Jutel, A. (2006). Not a games person, Julie Myerson. Junctures: The Journal for Thematic Dialogue, (7), 123-124.

Jutel, A. (2006). On cartwheels and other things. Junctures: the Journal for Thematic Dialogue, 7, 107-112.

Jutel, A. (2006). Overweight is not a disease. British Medical Journal On-line rapid response. Retrieved from

Menkes, D., & Jutel, A. (2006). Social Medicine: Something missing?. In eLetter (Vol. 2006). PLoS Med 3(10): How did Social Medicine Evolve, and Where is it heading.

Jutel, A. (2006). Tackling rugby myths: Rugby and New Zealand society 1854-2004. In Book Review (Vol. November). University of Otago Press: Sports History Review.

Jutel, A. (2006). The emergence of overweight as a disease entity: Measuring up normality. Social Science and Medicine, 63(9), 2268-2276. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2006.05.028

Jutel, A. (2006). The weight of success. The Coach, 33, 76-78.

Jutel, A. (2006). Vertical limits. The Coach, 34.

Jutel, A. (2006). What's in a name? Death before birth. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 49(3), 425-434.

Jutel, A. (2005). Body image. In Encyclopedia of World Sport (pp. 214-218). Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishers.

Jutel, A. (2005). It just doesn't add up. The Coach, 75-77.

Jutel, A. (2005). The gift. The Coach, 27, 12-13.

Jutel, A. (2005). The marathon. Encyclopedia of World Sport, 965-971.

Jutel, A. (2005). Weighing health: The moral burden of obesity. Social Semiotics, 15(2), 113-126.

Jutel, A. (2004). Beauty culture. In Encyclopedia of Recreation and Leisure in America (pp. 89-92). New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.

Jutel, A. (2004). The triathlon: A multidisciplinary Heuristic. Junctures: The Journal for Thematic Dialogue, 3, 7-8.

Jutel, A. (2003). Editorial. Junctures: The Journal for Thematic Dialogue, 1(1), 7-8.

Jutel, A. (2003). Pretty is as pretty does: An historical explaination for fat fixation. Healthy Weight Journal, 17(5), 68-72.

Jutel, A. (2003). 'Thou dost run as in flotation': Femininity, reassurance and the emergence of the women's marathon. International Journal of the History of Sport, 20(3), 17-36.

Jutel, A. (2003). Visions of vice: History and contemporary fat phobia. Junctures: The Journal for Thematic Dialogue, 1(1), 35-44.

Jutel, A. (2002). Olympic cycling and national identity. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 26(2), 195-208.

Jutel, A. (2001). Does size really matter?: Weight and values in public health. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 44(2), 283-296.

Jutel, A. (2001). The rise and fall of the sportswoman. Sporting Traditions, 17(2), 88-90.

Jutel, A. (2000). The Encyclopedia of Worlds Sport, Oxford University Press 1999. Journal of Sport History, 27(1), 154-156.

Jutel, A. (2000). Visions of vice: Appearance and policy in feminine self-scrutiny. (PhD Thesis).

Conference presentations and research seminars

Jutel, A. (2013). Putting a Name to it: Diagnosis, Health and Illness. In Research Seminar. School of Physcial Education, Otago University.

Jutel, A. (2013). Putting a Name to it: Diagnosis, Health and Illness. In Centre for Medical Humanities and the Qualitative Health Research Group. Durham University.

Jutel, A. (2013). Putting a Name to it: Diagnosis, Health and Illness. In Department of Culture and Communication. Drexel University.

Jutel, A. (2010). Self-diagnosis: A review. In American Sociological Association Annual Conference. Atlanta: Atlanta.

Jutel, A. (2010). What is a sociology of diagnosis?. In Research Seminar Series: Presentation (Vol. 21 April). Victoria University of Wellington: Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health.

Jutel, A. (2009). Pour une sociologie de diagnostique. In Colloque Femmes, corps et santé. Universite d'Ottawa: Congres de l'Acfas.

Jutel, A. (2007). Creating a disease: The fitness industry and the mongering of overweight. In Conflict and Communication Conference. Glasgow: University of Strathclyde.

Jutel, A. (2007). Doctor's orders: Medical authority and the exploitation of the fat body. In Bio-pedagogies Conference. University of Wollongong.

Jutel, A. (2007). Evidence based practice: Challenges and opportunities for nurses and midwives. In Cook Island Health Conference. Rarotonga, Cook Islands.

Jutel, A. (2006). The emergence of overweight as a disease entity. In Inaugural Conference on Disease Mongering. Newcastle, Australia.