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Cultures of caring: healthcare ‘scandals’, inquiries, and the remaking of accountabilities

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Cultures of caring : healthcare ‘scandals’, inquiries, and the remaking of accountabilities. / Goodwin, Dawn Samantha.

In: Social Studies of Science, Vol. 48, No. 1, 01.02.2018, p. 101-124.

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title = "Cultures of caring: healthcare {\textquoteleft}scandals{\textquoteright}, inquiries, and the remaking of accountabilities",
abstract = "In the UK, a series of high-profile healthcare {\textquoteleft}scandals{\textquoteright} and subsequent inquiries repeatedly point to the pivotal role culture plays in producing and sustaining healthcare failures. Inquiries are a sociotechnology of accountability that signal a shift in how personal accountabilities of healthcare professionals are being configured. In focusing on problematic organizational cultures, these inquiries acknowledge, make visible, and seek to distribute a collective responsibility for healthcare failures. In this article, I examine how the output of one particular inquiry – The Report of the Morecambe Bay Investigation – seeks to make culture visible and accountable. I question what it means to make culture accountable and show how the inquiry report enacts new and old forms of accountability: conventional forms that position actors as individuals, where actions or decisions have distinct boundaries that can be isolated from the ongoing flow of care, and transformative forms that bring into play a remote geographical location, the role of professional ideology, as well as a collective cultural responsibility.",
keywords = "accountability, culture, inquiries, professional regulation",
author = "Goodwin, {Dawn Samantha}",
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