RE: Foucault and Clinical Audit

Yes, indeed, Foucault's work lends itself to an analysis of the current technique of the audit. How exciting that you are taking up this question! I am sure there are many scholars working on this issue, but the one who comes to my mind is Nikolas Rose, especially in his book _Powers of Freedom: Reframing political thought_(1999).


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From: claudius [mailto:claudius.laumanns@xxxxxx]
Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2003 11:17 AM
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Subject: RE: Foucault and Clinical Audit

I am afraid one could explain the audit with Foucault as governing the
healthcare system. He definitly liked radical anti- medical movements
and tried to support them with his early work. (says Lembke)

I think never gave any direct suggestions how to improve institutions,
it would have been a contradiction to his critic of universal
But he mentiones some features of architecture and methods of gaining
Data. So I suggest (with Foucault) to avoid organizing the health care
system after these principles. (and not to develope worse, i think the
crucial point is to avoid changing the life of the sick.)


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[mailto:owner-foucault@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of max
Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2003 1:02 PM
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Subject: Foucault and Clinical Audit

I am currently preparing to carry out some kind of audit of the
healthcare setting I am training in. The idea is to look at quality of
care delivered
compared with national benchmarks. I am interested in how much Foucault
would have seen this as aiming to improve patient experience - it's
ostensible aim, and how much it would be seen as a tool of panoptical
'institutional gaze'. Any thoughts, or good references?

How pleasant
Just once not to see
Fuji through mist. (Basho)

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