Gendered discrepancies in the emergence and care of different diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, have been increasingly discussed in the 21st century. Different ways of mobilizing gender also shape the ways in which patient organizations can respond to ongoing changes in healthcare infrastructure and practices of care. However what constitutes gender in these discussions is ambiguous. In this article, we examine how the concept of gender travels from biomedical discourse into the work of patient organizations, who are representatives of and mediators between patients, and medical and societal institutions. By focusing on three Finnish patient organizations representing differently gendered chronic conditions, we ask when does gender appear and disappear in their conceptualization of the illnesses, and why and how it becomes salient. We show that gendered conceptualizations are not straightforward in the work of patient organizations, and that links to gender can raise contestations or be seen as hampering the organization’s goals. We explicate how patient organizations’ work is born out of a need to address gaps in the healthcare system that leaves its constituents debilitated.
|Publication status||Published - 9 Jun 2023|
|Publication type||Not Eligible|
|Event||Nordic Science and Technology Studies Conference - University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway|
Duration: 6 Jun 2023 → 9 Jun 2023
|Conference||Nordic Science and Technology Studies Conference|
|Period||6/06/23 → 9/06/23|