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  1. Boundary Configurations in Science Policy: Modeling Practices in Health Care.Roland Bal & Stans van Egmond - 2011 - Science, Technology, and Human Values 36 (1):108-130.
    This article addresses the role of science and science advisory bodies in modeling practices for the support of policy-making procedures in the Netherlands in the field of health care. The authors show, based on a detailed investigation of a prestigious interdisciplinary modeling project in which an economic care model was developed for governmental use, that science advisory bodies are entangled with the policy actors they advise in what we call boundary configurations. Boundary configurations are strongly situated interconnections between science advisory (...)
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    How to Kill with a Ballpoint: Credibility in Dutch Forensic Science.Roland Bal - 2005 - Science, Technology, and Human Values 30 (1):52-75.
    A woman is found lying dead on the floor of the living room of her house in Leiden, the Netherlands, and because of a swollen and a slightly wounded eyelid, an autopsy is performed on the body the day after it is found. Behind the wound, there is a whole ballpoint pen, which entered the head of the deceased through her right eye causing mortal brain damage. How did it get there? This question was to cause a stir in Dutch (...)
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  3. Hybrid Management Configurations in Joint Research.Roland Bal, Marleen Bekker & Rik Wehrens - 2014 - Science, Technology, and Human Values 39 (1):6-41.
    Researchers are increasingly expected to deliver “socially robust knowledge” that is not only scientifically reliable but also takes into account demands from societal actors. This article focuses on an empirical example where these additional criteria are explicitly organized into research settings. We investigate how the multiple “accountabilities” are managed in such “responsive research settings.” This article provides an empirical account of such an organizational format: the Dutch Academic Collaborative Centres for Public Health. We present a cross-case analysis of four collaborative (...)
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  4. Reconfiguring Policy and Clinical Practice: How Databases Have Transformed the Regulation of Pharmaceutical Care?Antoinette de Bont, Roland Bal & Maartje G. H. Niezen - 2013 - Science, Technology, and Human Values 38 (1):44-66.
    This article’s aim is to understand if and how the efforts to accumulate and organize clinical data transformed the regulation of pharmaceutical care. The authors analyze how the employment of databases by collectives of physicians and researchers shape both clinical and policy practice—and thereby reshape the relation between clinical work and policy. Since the late 1990s, Dutch government has supported the development of clinical databases for specific expensive medicines to gain oversight about actual medicine use. To be able to produce (...)
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    Tinkering as Collective Practice: A Qualitative Study on Handling Ethical Tensions in Supporting People with Intellectual or Psychiatric Disabilities.Marjolijn Heerings, Hester van de Bovenkamp, Mieke Cardol & Roland Bal - 2022 - Ethics and Social Welfare 16 (1):36-53.
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  6. On Staging Work: How Research Funding Bodies Create Adaptive Coherence in Times of Projectification.Roland Bal, Lieke Oldenhof & Rik Wehrens - 2022 - Science, Technology, and Human Values 47 (3):483-516.
    While recent science and technology studies literature focuses on “projectification” and its felt tensions for researchers, a surprising scarcity of empirical work addresses experiences at the “other end,” such as funding bodies often held “responsible” for tensions encountered by researchers. Actors in funding bodies experience similar tensions, however. While projectification necessitates predictability and individual project objectives, research funding is also increasingly organized in networks promoting local experimentation. Moreover, funding bodies are part of a system of accountability in which investments are (...)
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  7. Practicing Reliability: Reconstructing Traditional Boundaries in the Gray Areas of Health Information Review on the Web.Roland Bal & Samantha Adams - 2009 - Science, Technology, and Human Values 34 (1):34-54.
    The availability of medical and health information on the world wide web has led to a long discussion about the reliability of that information. Various medical, political, and independent organizations have created user-friendly tools for finding reliable medical/health information on the web and have been faced with the challenge of defining what it means for information to be reliable. Little attention has been given to the work of reviewing web-based information and applying selection criteria to individual sites. In this article, (...)
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  8. Evidence‐Basing for Quality Improvement; Bringing Clinical Practice Guidelines Closer to Their Promise of Improving Care Practices.Marjolein Moleman, Sonja Jerak-Zuiderent, Hester Bovenkamp, Roland Bal & Teun Zuiderent-Jerak - forthcoming - Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.
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  9. Combining Rules and Dialogue: Exploring Stakeholder Perspectives on Preventing Sexual Boundary Violations in Mental Health and Disability Care Organizations.Jan-Willem Weenink, Roland Bal, Guy Widdershoven, Eva van Baarle & Charlotte Kröger - 2022 - BMC Medical Ethics 23 (1):1-12.
    BackgroundSexual boundary violations in healthcare are harmful and exploitative sexual transgressions in the professional–client relationship. Persons with mental health issues or intellectual disabilities, especially those living in residential settings, are especially vulnerable to SBV because they often receive long-term intimate care. Promoting good sexual health and preventing SBV in these care contexts is a moral and practical challenge for healthcare organizations.MethodsWe carried out a qualitative interview study with 16 Dutch policy advisors, regulators, healthcare professionals and other relevant experts to explore (...)
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    EPRs in the Consultation Room: A Discussion of the Literature on Effects on Doctor-Patient Relationships. [REVIEW]Irma van der Ploeg, Brit Ross Winthereik & Roland Bal - 2006 - Ethics and Information Technology 8 (2):73-83.
    In this paper we discuss expected and reported effects on care provider-patient relations of the introduction of electronic patient records (EPRs) in consultation settings by reviewing exemplary studies and literature on the subject from the past decade. We argue that in order for such assessments to be meaningful, talk of effects of “the” EPR needs to be replaced by an “unpacking” of EPR systems into their constituent parts and functionalities, the effects of which need to be assessed individually. Following from (...)
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    Epistemic Injustice in Incident Investigations: A Qualitative Study.Josje Kok, David de Kam, Ian Leistikow, Kor Grit & Roland Bal - forthcoming - Health Care Analysis:1-21.
    Serious incident investigations—often conducted by means of Root Cause Analysis methodologies—are increasingly seen as platforms to learn from multiple perspectives and experiences: professionals, patients and their families alike. Underlying this principle of inclusiveness is the idea that healthcare staff and service users hold unique and valuable knowledge that can inform learning, as well as the notion that learning is a social process that involves people actively reflecting on shared knowledge. Despite initiatives to facilitate inclusiveness, research shows that embracing and learning (...)
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    Beyond the Species Barrier: The Health Council of the Netherlands, Legitimacy, and the Making of Objectivity.Ruud Hendriks, Roland Bal & Wiebe E. Bijker - 2004 - Social Epistemology 18 (2 & 3):271 – 299.
    The Health Council of the Netherlands is an independent scientific advisory board to the Dutch government in matters of public health. In this article we argue that even for an independent body such as the Health Council there seems to be no escape from the increasing intertwinement of scientific and societal processes. In order to produce a serviceable truth for policymaking, the council needs to reflect on what goes on in its socio-political surroundings. On the other hand, how could we (...)
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