THE SOCIAL DIMENSIONS OF ILLNESS: PATIENTS' AGENCY IN CANCER TREATMENT

Drs. Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen, University of Southern Denmark & Mette Terp Høybye, Silkeborg Regional Hospital, Denmark

January 2017

About our Guests: Dr. Mette Terp Høybye is an anthropologist and a senior researcher in the Elective Surgery Centre at the Silkeborg Regional Hospital in Denmark. She is the author of Storytelling of Breast Cancer in Cyberspace. Online counteractions to the isolation and demeaning of illness experience (2002) and author of various peer-reviewed journal articles. Dr. Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen is also an anthropologist and a professor at the National Institute of Public  Health at the University of Southern Denmark. She is a co-editor of Reconceiving the Second Sex: Men, Masculinity, and Reproduction (2009) and author of several peer-reviewed journal articles

Interviewer:  Ana Fonseca

Overview: Drs. Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen and Mette Terp Høybye talk about their article, "Encounters in Cancer Treatment: Intersubjective Configurations of a Need for Rehabilitation" published in 2014 in the academic journal Medical Anthropology Quarterly, which examines the stories of cancer patients after treatment to get insights into the ways patients exercise their agency and how the doctor/patient encounter during treatment furthers the need for rehabilitation.

How do trust and recognition shape the doctor-patient encounter? How do patients' illness stories allow them to be empowered and have some agency? How does anthropology as a social science help us understand illness and in particular cancer? Drs. Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen and Mette Terp Høybye explore with us these and other key questions during this conversation.

RH- The Social Dimensions of Illness. Patients' Agency in Cancer Treatment.mp3

Keywords/themes: 
Cancer, cancer treatment, human agency,  social dimensions of illness, illness stories, narrative, narrativity, anthropology, medical anthropology, doctor-patient relation, inter-subjectivity, Denmark.

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CITING THIS INTERVIEW: 

Audio: Høybye, Mette Terp and Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen. "The Social Dimensions of Illness: Patients' Agency in Cancer Treatment." Interview by Ana Fonseca. Radio Heteroglossia, audio, January 2017 https://www.radioheteroglossia.com/en/interviews/2017-01-hoybye-mette-terp-silkeborg-regional-hospital-and-tine-tjornhoj-thomsen-university-of-southern-denmark-the-social-dimensions-of-illness-patients-agency-in-cancer-treatment.

Transcription: Høybye, Mette Terp and Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen. "The Social Dimensions of Illness: Patients' Agency in Cancer Treatment." Interview by Ana Fonseca. Radio Heteroglossia, transcription, January 2017 https://www.radioheteroglossia.com/en/interviews/2017-01-hoybye-mette-terp-silkeborg-regional-hospital-and-tine-tjornhoj-thomsen-university-of-southern-denmark-the-social-dimensions-of-illness-patients-agency-in-cancer-treatment.

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