The Centre for Health & Social Research encourages you to hear from Dr Marit Solbjoer, visiting academic from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway.
Being a sociologist, Dr Solbjoer’s research interests span through the field of health sociology and health science. Her main research interest is cancer screening – in particular breast cancer screening. Her publications examine participant and patient experiences of mammography screening, exploring first time participation in screening, perceptions of cancer risk, technology and the routinization of screening, as well as women’s experiences of having a false positive screen or having interval cancer.
Overdiagnosis from screening is more of a statistical phenomenon than clinically detectable. This raises questions about its significance, as well as leads to questions about what women should know before making a choice about breast cancer screening participation. Other issues on which scientists have differed is the psycho-social consequences of having a false positive screen, whether a program should be opt-in or opt-out – and which consequences such organizational structures may have on the social stratification of participation. Why are such debates carried out to various degrees in different countries? However, screening participants have other worries than those apparent in scientific debates. How and why are participants’ concerns about screening information different from the scientific debates? How could we understand these conflicting interests between different forms of knowledge?
When: Lunch 12pm, seminar 12.30pm – 1.30pm Where: To be held at 470.5.03, 5/215 Spring Street, Melbourne. Video/teleconferencing can be arranged. Contact: Christina Brennan (03) 9953 3699