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The field of elderly-related health issues in Belgium: a stakeholder analysis

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This study is situated within current discussions of ‘medicalization’ (Conrad, 2005, 2007). Relations within the medical field have evolved from linear doctor-patient-relations towards a complex network involving many different stakeholders. As a consequence, laypeople are overwhelmed with health-related information from many different organizations and through different channels, including new digital media, and they often have difficulties processing it all (Andreassen et al., 2010). Besides that, the field of health and health care has become a medical market in which health is increasingly seen as a commodity. Moreover, the aging of the population drastically changes the demographic landscape and increases the attention devoted by these different stakeholders to the elderly as consumers of medical information and products. It is within this changed, and still changing, landscape that this study aims to examine the societal background of the production and construction of health information about pharmaceuticals. Using qualitative interviews and a stakeholder mapping technique this study studies the political-institutional and economic relations between stakeholders, and the interests and discourses of the different stakeholders that communicate health information about pharmaceuticals. Our stakeholder mapping revealed eight relevant stakeholder categories in our field of research; the media, the pharmaceutical industry, government institutions, health insurance companies, patient organizations, consumer organizations, academic medical experts and organizations of health professionals. To further analyze the relations, interests and discourses of these different stakeholders, interviews were conducted in the Spring of 2015 with key persons at management level within the organizations. Preliminary results will be available in August 2015.

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Van den Bogaert, Sarah, Sarah Van Leuven, Thierry Christiaens, et al. “The Field of Elderly-related Health Issues in Belgium: a Stakeholder Analysis.” 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Abstracts. 2015. Print.
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Van den Bogaert, Sarah, Van Leuven, S., Christiaens, T., Biltereyst, D., & Bracke, P. (2015). The field of elderly-related health issues in Belgium: a stakeholder analysis. 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Abstracts. Presented at the 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association.
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Van den Bogaert, Sarah, Sarah Van Leuven, Thierry Christiaens, Daniël Biltereyst, and Piet Bracke. 2015. “The Field of Elderly-related Health Issues in Belgium: a Stakeholder Analysis.” In 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Abstracts.
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Van den Bogaert, Sarah, Sarah Van Leuven, Thierry Christiaens, Daniël Biltereyst, and Piet Bracke. 2015. “The Field of Elderly-related Health Issues in Belgium: a Stakeholder Analysis.” In 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Abstracts.
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Van den Bogaert S, Van Leuven S, Christiaens T, Biltereyst D, Bracke P. The field of elderly-related health issues in Belgium: a stakeholder analysis. 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Abstracts. 2015.
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S. Van den Bogaert, S. Van Leuven, T. Christiaens, D. Biltereyst, and P. Bracke, “The field of elderly-related health issues in Belgium: a stakeholder analysis,” in 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Abstracts, Prague, Czech Republic, 2015.
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  abstract     = {This study is situated within current discussions of ‘medicalization’ (Conrad, 2005, 2007). Relations within the medical field have evolved from linear doctor-patient-relations towards a complex network involving many different stakeholders. As a consequence, laypeople are overwhelmed with health-related information from many different organizations and through different channels, including new digital media, and they often have difficulties processing it all (Andreassen et al., 2010). Besides that, the field of health and health care has become a medical market in which health is increasingly seen as a commodity. Moreover, the aging of the population drastically changes the demographic landscape and increases the attention devoted by these different stakeholders to the elderly as consumers of medical information and products. It is within this changed, and still changing, landscape that this study aims to examine the societal background of the production and construction of health information about pharmaceuticals. Using qualitative interviews and a stakeholder mapping technique this study studies the political-institutional and economic relations between stakeholders, and the interests and discourses of the different stakeholders that communicate health information about pharmaceuticals. Our stakeholder mapping revealed eight relevant stakeholder categories in our field of research; the media, the pharmaceutical industry, government institutions, health insurance companies, patient organizations, consumer organizations, academic medical experts and organizations of health professionals. To further analyze the relations, interests and discourses of these different stakeholders, interviews were conducted in the Spring of 2015 with key persons at management level within the organizations. Preliminary results will be available in August 2015.},
  author       = {Van den Bogaert, Sarah and Van Leuven, Sarah and Christiaens, Thierry and Biltereyst, Daniël and Bracke, Piet},
  booktitle    = {12th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Abstracts},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Prague, Czech Republic},
  title        = {The field of elderly-related health issues in Belgium: a stakeholder analysis},
  year         = {2015},
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