[INDEHELA-L] Congratulations to Dr Marilla Palmen

SIMAO NATINGUE MACOVELA baixomacovela at gmail.com
Mon Jan 6 13:56:44 EET 2014


Congratulatios to both and I wish a new and happy yera for all collegues.


2013/12/29 Esselina <taila.uffo at tvcabo.co.mz>

>  Congratulations to Dr Marilla and Dr Izack  and  I wish you all the best.
> Esselina Macome
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> *From:* Mikko Korpela <mikko.korpela at uef.fi>
> *To:* Informatics Development for Health in Africa<indehela-l at lists.uef.fi>
> *Sent:* Saturday, December 14, 2013 11:51 AM
> *Subject:* [INDEHELA-L] Congratulations to Dr Marilla Palmen
>
>  Marilla Palmén successfully defended her PhD yesterday, Friday 13th Dec
> 2013 at the University of Eastern Finland, Faculty of Social Sciences and
> Business Studies, Department of Social and Health Management.  Her official
> title is now ‘MA (defended)’ but we can start to call her Doctor Marilla.
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> The title of the thesis is: ‘Midwives, families and everyday health
> information and ICT interactions: Exploration of identities and networks’
> and it can be accessed at http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-61-1327-2 or
> through www.uef.fi/indehela/papers
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> The university’s press release of the defence is appended below.
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> So both of the anthropologists in the core INDEHELA network reached their
> doctorates in the same month.  Congratulations to both Dr Marilla and Dr
> Izak, and we wish you many happy ethnographies while you start to produce
> your own INDEHELA babies!
>
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>
> Mikko
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> *Public examination of a doctoral dissertation in the field of Health and
> Human Services Informatics*
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> Photo:
> http://www.uef.fi/documents/10437/118933/Palmen+Marilla+net.jpg/12400aa6-3179-43d0-9765-ba26ff574c3e?t=1385968393000
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> In Finnish health care, the documentation of patient data today is carried
> out by electronic means at all levels of care. For many health
> professionals, the compelling question is no longer whether to accept or
> resist the use of information technology, but rather how to adjust to it
> without losing one's identity as a care worker and how to bring in the
> information technology dimension in the care worker's identity.
> Furthermore, health care clients increasingly employ information and
> communication technology (ICT) to advance their health and wellbeing, which
> has led to a gradual but significant change in the ways health care
> professionals and clients relate to each other, and how health care clients
> relate to the world around them. How this affects health care clients'
> pattern of use of health services and what the consequences are for service
> providers are important issues that are still not fully understood.
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> Taking the perspective of everyday life information and ICT use in health
> care, the aim of this research is to describe how health care workers and
> health care clients interact with health-related information and ICT. The
> research focuses on two areas in these interactions: how health care
> workers and clients construct information- and ICT-related identities and
> how they form ICTsupported health advancing social networks. The research
> examines these questions in the context of Finnish maternal and child
> health care.
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> The dissertation is based on three peer-reviewed articles and a summary
> part. Empirical qualitative data was collected on three separate occasions
> during the research process. The research participants were midwives and
> maternity care nurses (n = 16), families with young children (n = 8), and
> mothers with newborn babies (n = 7). The data collection methods were
> longitudinal focus groups, virtual focus groups and thematic interviews.
> Moreover, the method of narrative literature review was used.
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> The findings show that in their everyday interactions with health
> information and ICT, both health care professionals and maternity care
> clients actively constructed information- and ICT-related identities. These
> identities were based on professional affiliations, age, self-evaluated
> competencies and membership of peer groups. Also, the study provides an
> empirically grounded description of the structures, contents and tools in
> social networks that families form in the context of their everyday lives
> when advancing their health and wellbeing.
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> Three kinds of networks emerged as particularly relevant in analysing
> families' everyday health advancing activities, each of them with a
> particular flowing constellation of network actors, tools and resources.
> Patientcentric networks are networks formed by families as health and human
> service users in interaction with the official Finnish health care system,
> which includes health and human service providers in the public, private
> and tertiary sectors. Consumer-centric networks are networks in which the
> core structures are formed by families and the numerous commercial services
> available to them. Citizencentric networks are the most holistic networks
> extending to any area of life outside the formal health care system and
> commercial services that a family interacts with while seeking to advance
> its health and wellbeing.
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> The research presents a new approach and contributes to the knowledge of
> health-related information and ICT interactions as socially constructed
> phenomena through the pragmatic actions and situated use of information and
> technology, both in maternity care organizations and in the everyday lives
> of families with children. The findings also contribute to the knowledge of
> families' approaches to seeking health information and ICT use by employing
> a network perspective. The study makes practical contributions to the field
> of health services development including suggestions to improve ICT skills
> training in health care organizations and suggestions on how the role of
> primary care maternity care clinics could be reorganised to meet the needs
> of families today.
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> The doctoral dissertation of MA Marilla Palmén, entitled Midwives,
> Families and Everyday Health Information and ICT Interactions. Exploration
> of Identities and Social Networks, will be examined at the Faculty of
> Social Sciences and Business Studies. The opponent in the public
> examination will be Professor Anne Moen of the University of Oslo and the
> custos will be Professor Kaija Saranto of the University of Eastern Finland.
>
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Licenciado em Planificação, Administração e Gestão de Educação - UP
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