Last week, Kate, Catherine and Flis attended the British Sociological Association’s Medical Sociology conference, MedSoc. On Friday 14th September, a special event was held at the conference on the ‘materialities of care’. The purpose of the event was to launch a new special issue of Sociology of Health and Illness, featuring Kate and Catherine’s recent paper.
For this event, Kate and Catherine gave a new presentation, describing everyday record-keeping practices for blood pressure and body mass index, based on data arising from the project. Their presentation explored the role of both paper and digital records in people’s record-keeping practices, and described how charts and visualisation were used by some participants to track themselves. They considered what is made visible to whom in self-tracking practices, and reflected on what self-tracking data may not be accessible to healthcare professionals.
The full abstract of the paper and information about the event is available here.