Risk, uncertainty and knowledge

Alaszewski, Andy and Brown, Patrick R (2007) Risk, uncertainty and knowledge. Health, Risk & Society, 9 (1). pp. 1-10. ISSN 1369-8575. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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While the development of modem medicine is associated with both increases in scientific knowledge and. improved outcomes in health care it is also associated with increased uncertainty as expert and lay knowledge bases have diverged and separated. The development of a principal-agent relationship in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century in which medical practitioners used their specialist knowledge to make decisions for and on behalf of their patients provided one way of managing this uncertainty. However the development of a less deferential and more consumerist culture associated with medical scandals in which trust has been betrayed have led to increased regulation of medical practice, especially the development of national standards based on encoded knowledge. Even if governments can overcome the practical problems of using such systems to structure decision-making, because these systems fail to address the personal and emotional components of trust they are likely to create a 'trust deficit,' a system that may work better, but is trusted less.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Editorial Material
Uncontrolled keywords: Lay knowledge; risk; uncertainty; trust; rationality; affect; emotion
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Suzanne Duffy
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2008 08:23
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2014 10:49
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/2353 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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