Valuing care

We are interested in the ways in which healthcare gets valued. We focus on the actors, instruments and practices that make valuation possible, as well as the consequences of particular valuation practices. For example, we look at the ways in which healthcare has become increasingly data-intensified. Quantification is used both in changing and regulation of healthcare practices. But also more ‘traditional’ valuation practices of evidence-based medicine, such as making clinical guidelines or deciding upon reimbursement are still important. Hence, clinical and health services research have a great influence on what we value in care. All these practices are not just technical but also social, normative and political. We are particularly interested in the intertwinement of technical, social, moral and political practices as well as in their consequences for the actors in healthcare—patients, professionals and regulators. Our strategic partnership with the Healthcare Institute of the Netherlands is part of this work.

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