SEEK: Salford Environment for Expertise and Knowledge

Published Conference Proceedings - Paper
September 2008

Embedded and encoded knowldge in practice: the clinical interpretation of health outcome measures

Flynn, R & Greenhalgh, J & Long, A F & Tyson, S 2008, 'Embedded and encoded knowldge in practice: the clinical interpretation of health outcome measures', Society for Social Studies of Science and European Association for the Study of Science and Technology, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Abstract

Evidence-based medicine, formalised guidelines and standardised protocols have become increasingly influential in the practice of medicine and health care. This has resulted in demands for clinicians to adhere to highly codified procedures. This paper discusses the concepts of tacit knowledge and embedded knowledge in professional organisations. It then presents qualitative data from a case-study of neurorehabilitation to show the importance of tacit knowledge in clinical practice, and argues that this places limits on the pursuit of standardisation.

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Publication Details

Society for Social Studies of Science and European Association for the Study of Science and Technology, Erasmus University Rotterdam.