Impact has always been important to sociologists and others interested in wellbeing, (ill)health and medicine.
Those involved in research and activism for service users and caregivers and
those who explore issues from the perspective of health professionals are
concerned to inform, to influence, to impress. Recent drivers from funding
bodies, ethics committees, external research assessors and so on are
significant and arguable drive the impact agenda in different ways.
The aim of this conference is to champion, critique and challenge the relationship between medical sociology and impact and will feature papers on current and completed research; on ethical and methodological concerns and on theoretical and policy issues.