Moving beyond local practice: Reconfiguring the adoption of a breast cancer diagnostic technology

Gregory Maniatopoulos*, Rob Procter, Sue Llewellyn, Gill Harvey, Alan Boyd

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Abstract

This paper explores the ways in which technological innovation becomes adopted and incorporated into healthcare practice. Drawing upon the notion of 'field of practices', we examine how adoption is subject to spatially and temporally distributed reconfigurations across a multi-level set of practices, ranging from the policy level to the micro-level setting of individual action. The empirical backdrop is provided by a case study of the adoption of Breast Lymph Node Assay (BLNA), a diagnostic technology innovation for the treatment of breast cancer patients. Our aim is to contribute to the development of a more comprehensive analysis of the processes surrounding the adoption and incorporation of complex healthcare technologies into routine practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-106
Number of pages9
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Volume131
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes

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