Health Research Practices in Digital Context

Volume 4 - Health Information SET Coordinated by Céline Paganelli and Viviane Clavier

Health Research Practices in Digital Context

Edited by

Laurent Morillon, University of the French West Indies, West Indies

ISBN : 9781786304384

Publication Date : November 2020

Hardcover 208 pp

165.00 USD



The current “generalized digitization” of society is influencing the health environment, healthcare organizations as well as actors. In this context, human and social sciences deconstruct, nuance and sometimes even challenge certain preconceived ideas and/or dominant discourses.

In this book, researchers of four nationalities and three different disciplines have agreed to open the “black box” of their work. They display their scientific practices from the perspective of epistemology, ethics and methodology. They present and analyze their values and postulates but, also, what may have influenced the project, the definition of the object and objectives, as well as their approaches. In a contextual way, the first part presents some changes in environments and info-communicational practices related to digital health. The second part opens space to reflect on ethics and deontology. Finally, postulating that scientific fact is not an essence but the result of a process, the last part discusses the methods implemented, which may be different from those initially envisaged.

This book is dedicated to the researchers and postgraduate students in the human and social sciences as well as the health practitioners likely to collaborate with them.


Part 1. Changes in Contexts and Info-communication Practices Related to the Digital Environment in the Health Field
1. Health and Digital Technology: Reflexive Feedback on Some Works, Hélène Romeyer.
2. Social and Digital Resources: The Hindered Information Practices of Cancer Patients, Adrien Defossez.
3. Health at the In-between of Computing and the Information and Communication Sciences, Philippe Marrast.
4. Mental Health and Support for Disaster Victims. Info-communication Devices for Training Volunteer First-aid Workers in a Digital Environment, Silvia Rosa Sigales Ruiz, Erik De Soir, Claudia Veronica Marquez Gonzalez and Michèle Caria.

Part 2. Thinking about the Ethics of Health Research in a Digital Context
5. Ethical Positions Arising from Research on Online Communities in the Health Sector, Aurélie Pourrez, Elodie Crespel, Stéphane Djahanchahi, Olivier Galibert and Benoît Cordelier.
6. Action Research at La Poste to Prevent the Psychosocial Risks Associated with Digital Acculturation, Emilie Blanc.

Part 3. Thinking Approaches to Health Research in a Digital Context
7. Interests and Limitations of Interdisciplinary Research in a Living Lab to Meet the Needs of Senior Citizens, Elizabeth Bougeois and Hélène Germain.
8. For a Comprehensive Approach to the Info-communication Practices of Breast Cancer Prevention Stakeholders: A Reflection on Screening, Dorsaf Omrane and Pierre Mignot.
9. Health Research on Immunization after 2016: The Need for a Plural Methodological Approach, Mylène Costes and Audrey Arnoult.
10. Qualitative Research in Health, in Sign Language: Multimodality and Interculturality of Analytical Work, Sophie Dalle-Nazebi.

About the authors/editors

Laurent Morillon is a Professor at the University of the French West Indies. He is a researcher at the LC2S (UMR 8053) laboratory and leads a group on organizational communication ( His work focuses on the epistemological practices and models of actors in an organization context.