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Katherine Carroll, Ph.D., is a medical sociologist, hospital ethnographer and qualitative researcher. Her research uses diverse qualitative approaches in conjunction with social theory to examine the specificities of health care practices from the perspective of patients and health professionals. Dr. Carroll's research focuses on patient and health professional interactions with the everyday materials of health care, such as the handling of donated bodily tissues or the use of medical technologies in the hospital or the home.
The collaborative research paradigm employed by Dr. Carroll works with health professionals, patients and their families to access the specificity, precision, emotion and personalization of health care. This provides a fine-grained analysis of how health care is actually accomplished in naturalistic settings, and honors the unique insights that patients and practitioners contribute to research on health care optimization.
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