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Producing Alternative Objects Of Comparison In Healthcare: Following A Web-Based Technology For Asthma Treatment Through The Lab And The Clinic

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This chapter compares the production of evidence for an internet based tool for the (self-) monitoring of asthma patients called LinkMedica, to the use of LinkMedica by general practitioners (GPs) and their patients. It starts from an interest in comparability in medical research and in the ethnography of technology. The chapter introduces the LinkMedica technology and the two settings in which the technology is put to work: the clinical study investigating effects of the technology on asthma control and a number of GP practices where the implementation of LM was tried. Comparison on the specific work is done in the two settings to make LinkMedica work as a monitoring tool. By comparing the work done in a clinical trial and in general practice to recruit patients and participants and configure them as self-monitoring asthmatics, the chapter has shown how different results and experiences were produced.

Keywords: asthma treatment; clinical study; general practitioners (GP); LinkMedica technology

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