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Infrastructural Artefacts in Community Health: A Case Study of Pregnancy Care Infrastructures in South India.

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posted on 2020-09-23, 10:24 authored by Nervo Verdezoto, Naveen Bagalkot, Zainab Syeda, Swati Sharma, Paula Griffiths, Nicola Mackintosh, Deidre Harrington
The work of frontline health workers providing access to pregnancy care services to women in South India is highly distributed and often overlooked in the design of healthcare infrastructures. Unlike clinical and nonclinical personnel who engage in different care practices within and across hospital departments with clearly established work roles, the work of frontline workers is performed across different geographical areas beyond the boundaries of the hospital and with loosely defined roles and resources making the coordination of work more complex. Based on a case study investigating the work of frontline health workers, we report a number of material infrastructural arrangements (the Thayi Card, physical and digital registers, and mobile phones) that played a major role supporting community health practices. We conclude by discussing the opportunities that these artefacts offer for the design of healthcare infrastructures.

Funding

This study was funded by the MRC-AHRC Global Public Health: Partnership Awards (Ref: MR/R024480/1).

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Citation

Infrahealth 2019 - Proceedings of the 7th International Workshop on Infrastructure in Healthcare 2019

Author affiliation

Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester

Source

7th International Conference on Infrastructures in Healthcare (infraHEALTH 2019), 30-31 May 2019, Vienna, Austria

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

Published in

Proceedings of the 7th International Workshop on Infrastructure in Healthcare 2019

Publisher

European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies (EUSSET)

issn

2510-2591

Acceptance date

2019-03-31

Copyright date

2019

Available date

2019-05-28

Book series

Reports of the European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies: vol. 3, no. 4

Spatial coverage

Vienna, Austria

Temporal coverage: start date

2019-05-30

Temporal coverage: end date

2019-05-31

Language

en

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