Orfalea Center Thematic Research Cluster

Global Futures: Uncertainty, Displacement, Security

Risk Studies Reading List: Medical Risk

This list compiles works that address technological advances in capturing less perceivable indicators of health risks. This list is particularly concerned with technologies that enable highly personalized forms of health risk tracking (such as through user-friendly medical apps). This list also includes works that address practices of data extraction from personalized risk tracking to produce more intricate health risk databases that can be used by more generalized populations. This list thus puts these two sets of works in a productive tension.

Alaszewski, A. (2006). Health and risk. In Taylor-Gooby, P. and Zinn, J. (Eds.), Risk in Social Science. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Alaszewski, A., & Brown, P. R. (2007). Risk, uncertainty and knowledge. Health, Risk & Society, 9(1), 1-10.

Brown, P., & Calnan, M. (2010). The risks of managing uncertainty: The limitations of governance and choice, and the potential for trust. Social Policy and Society, 9(1), 13.

Chaussabel, D., & Pulendran, B. (2015). A vision and a prescription for big data-enabled medicine. Nature Immunology, 16(5), 435-439.

Chung, A. E., & Basch, E. M. (2015). Potential and challenges of patient-generated health data for high quality cancer care. Journal of Oncology Practice, 11(3), 195-197.

Cochran, J. H. (2010). Continuous healing relationships through connectivity. Journal of Healthcare Information Management, 24(3), 19-20.

Cohen, I. G., & Lynch, H. F. (Eds.). (2015). FDA in the twenty-first century: The challenges of regulating drugs and new technologies. NY: Columbia University Press.

Cortez, N.G., et al. (2014). FDA regulation of mobile health technologies. New England Journal of Medicine, 371(4), 372-379.

Elenko, E., Speier, A., & Zohar, D. (2015). A regulatory framework emerges for digital medicine. Nature Biotechnology, 33(7), 697-702.

Gay, V., & Leijdekkers, P. (2015). Bringing health and fitness data together for connected health care: Mobile apps as enablers of interoperability. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17(11), e260.

Gushulak, B. D., Weekers, J., & MacPherson, D. W. (2009). Migrants and emerging public health issues in a globalized world: Threats, risks and challenges, an evidence-based framework. Emerging Health Threats Journal, 2(1), 7091.

McDonald, R., Waring, J., & Harrison, S. (2005). ‘Balancing risk, that is my life’: The politics of risk in a hospital operating theatre department. Health, Risk & Society, 7(4), 397-411.

McDonald, R., Waring, J., & Harrison, S. (2006). Rules, safety and the narrativization of identity: A hospital operating theatre case study. Sociology of Health & Illness, 28(2), 178-202.

Ostherr, K. (2020). Risk media in medicine: The rise of the metaclinical health app ecosystem. In Ghosh, B. & Sarkar, B. (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Media and Risk. NY: Routledge.

Peterson, A. (1997). Risk, governance and the new public health. In Peterson, A. and Bunton, R.(eds), Foucault, Health and Medicine. London: Routledge.

Rothstein, H. (2006). The institutional origins of risk: A new agenda for risk research. Health, Risk and Society, 8(3), 215–221.

Sweet, C., et al. (2017). Outcomes of a digital health program with human coaching for diabetes: Risk reduction in a Medicare population. Journal of Aging and Health, 30(5), 692-710.


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