The dynamics of patient organizations in the European Area
New technologies and responsibilities for health care at home
Cross-national and European perspectives on health safety agencies
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MEDUSE
Governance, health, and medicine.
Opening dialogue
between social scientists and users
SPECIFIC SUPPORT ACTION
6th Framework Program - Priority 7 : Citizens and Governance in a Knowledge Based Society
Drawing upon ITEMS thematic network results (Identifying Trends in European Medical Space. Contribution of social and human sciences, FP5), MEDUSE aims at setting up a dialogue between social scientists and non-academic actors directly concerned with three issues :

1 - The dynamics of patient organizations in the European area (for more details, click here)

2 - The emergence of new technologies and responsibilities for health care at home across diverse European systems and cultures (for more details, click here)

3 - Cross-national and European perspectives on health safety agencies (for more details, click here)

These three topics appear as highly relevant issues for health policies: they put matters of governance and citizenship to the front, due to new framings of knowledge production and use in the domain of health and medicine. All three also relate to the increasing role played by non traditional actors (e.g. patient organizations, health agencies, networks for care at home).

Three conferences will be organized, gathering social scientists, professionals, patients' representatives, decision and policy makers, both at national and European levels. These conferences will be framed as to put academic and non-academic participants on an equal footing. Exchanges will concern: questions likely to be put on the scientific and political agenda; desirable knowledge for addressing these questions; modalities of partnership between social scientists and non-academic actors which will suit the best for producing this knowledge. Recommendations on these matters will be issued at the end of the project.
Participants

Link to ITEMS-NETWORK websiteCentre de Sociologie de l'Innovation (CSI)
ARMINES - Ecole des Mines de Paris, France
> Coordinator of the project and co-organizer of the conference on theme 1

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Link to ITEMS-NETWORK websiteCentro de Estudos Sociais (CES)
University of Coimbra, School of Economics, Portugal
> Co-organizer of the conference on theme 1


Link to ITEMS-NETWORK websiteInstitute for Health Research (IHR) & Link to ITEMS-NETWORK websiteInstitute for Women's Studies
Lancaster University, United Kingdom
> Organizer of the conference on theme 2, with the collaboration of Link to ITEMS-NETWORK websiteCentre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (TIK), University of Oslo, Norway



Link to ITEMS-NETWORK websiteCentre de Recherche et d'Intervention Sociologiques (CRIS)
University of Liege, Belgium
> Co-organizer of the conference on theme 3

AGENDA
What you will find on this website, for each theme :
- A PRESENTATION

- A POLICY PAPER
(main issues at stake as they appear in the academic and grey litterature)

- CONFERENCES PROGRAMME AND PAPERS

- A BIBLIOGRAPHY

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