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Flis Henwood (university of Brighton)

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Flis Henwood is Professor of Social Informatics at the University of Brighton. As a social scientist with a background in science and technology studies and medical sociology, her research focuses on understanding the design, development and use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in everyday work and life settings, with particular emphasis on how such technologies mediate and shape health and social care practices. Examples of past projects include: the development and use of electronic patient records (EPR) in the maternity services; the use of the internet by lay people seeking information about health risks; the use of ICTs to support self-care in the context of ‘obesity’; mid-life and older adults’ engagements with the discourses of self-care, personal responsibility and choice in the context of the new ‘healthy living’ imperative; the creation of electronic patient records in primary care and renal care; the information and support needs of people with dementia and their carers; and a longitudinal evaluation of the Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘self-management’ programme for people with early stage dementia (2014-2017). Flis’s current and recent projects include a 5-year EU-funded EmERGE project on the development and evaluation of a mobile ‘phone app for stable HIV patients (2015-2020) and a 3-year Leverhulme-funded project exploring the everyday practices of self-monitoring (2016-2019)

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