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Diagnostic testing: therapeutic mobilities, social fields, and medical encounters in the transnational healthcare practices of Polish migrants in the UK

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Troccoli G, Moreh C, McGhee D & Vlachantoni A (2022) Diagnostic testing: therapeutic mobilities, social fields, and medical encounters in the transnational healthcare practices of Polish migrants in the UK. Journal of Migration and Health, 5, Art. No.: 100100. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmh.2022.100100

Abstract
While diagnostic tests are a fundamental component of contemporary medical practice they are seldom considered in studies of transnational healthcare. This article investigates the little-studied role played by diagnostic testing in the healthcare-seeking practices of migrants. It is concerned with the experiences of Polish migrants living in the UK and who access a variety of health services in their host and origin countries across the public and private sectors. We analyse data from semi-structured phone interviews conducted in 2020 with 32 adult Poles living in the UK who identified as having themselves, or non-professionally caring for someone with, a long-term health condition. The article contributes to the literature on migrants’ transnational healthcare practices by showing the centrality of diagnostic technology in their health management and sense-making through the creation, modification, and maintenance of ‘transnational social fields’ (Levitt and Schiller 2004). By emphasizing the role of tests in the patient-doctor relationship the article exposes the therapeutic outcomes of the mobilities of patients and tests as they intersect with physicians in multiple medical encounters.

Keywords
Transnational healthcare; Therapeutic mobilities; Tests; Transnational social fields; Polish migration

Journal
Journal of Migration and Health: Volume 5

StatusPublished
FundersESRC Economic and Social Research Council
Publication date31/12/2022
Publication date online30/04/2022
Date accepted by journal02/04/2022
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/34139
PublisherElsevier BV
ISSN2666-6235

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Professor Derek McGhee
Professor Derek McGhee

Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Centre for Population Change
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