SOC 7108 Chapter Notes - Chapter 28: Electronic Body Music
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THE CHALLENGES OF EBM
STANDARDS AT WORK
In an environment with pre-set rules and regulations, patients have evidently become
numbers and interact with interpersonal technological and individuals as there is the removal
of mystery and excitement within their job lives. These new regulations and guidelines are to
reduce the inappropriate variation in services and has the primary goal of improving the quality
of care in order to produce better health outcomes. This chapter seeks to demonstrate that
workers lives are not in fact standardized and boring. What is crucial here is the outcome of
these standardized processes in terms of the content and the ways the participants have
designed and implemented these standards. What matters here is whether or not patients are
satisfied with the current research standards and protocols that are sought to give results,
whether health professionals are willing to follow these guidelines and whether participating in
these research projects will enhance their careers. The authors argue that standards transform
work practices as a result of their coordinating roles (e.g. tasks between individuals and their
practices, demonstrates the deliberate and requiring of collaboration among professionals).
Research protocols are considered as very detailed criteria about what to do, when, in
what order and standard forms are a common means to help record keeping and enhance
transparency for patients. It further helps EBM, the line between right and wrong, how a
certain task should be followed and what tools can be used to make the doctor’s report for
understandable for the patient. However, others indicate that these protocols do not have an
effect on the practice of professionals roles because it is something that is collectively
implemented. Procedural standards can only be present and exist as long as health care
professionals are willing to embrace them.
Introducing Two Standards (Pages 58-63).
Standards as Coordinating Devices
Even though both have different outcomes, the similarity is the most important because
both forms seek to standardize a set of practices, individuals and situations, what should occur
in a specific situation, in what order in order to achieve the desired results across different
places and times. What matters is that both forms can be filled the same way. In other words,
both tools coordinate and transform the activities of the individual who work with these
particular activities. They structure and sequence these activities, give shape and order in a way
that is prespecified, a set of steps is already embedded and healthcare professionals draw upon
them and integrate them in an almost second-skin during their activities.
However, the forms affect what is and what is not discussed in how much detail and this
is something to keep in mind because both examples of the forms show subtle differences in
terms of the evaluation scale. It is still a scientific report because no matter how messy the
individual may be, everything comes back together and places itself where it should be. It
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