Stockholm 2003 abstracts: M. Johansson

Mauri Johansson, MD, MHH
Public Health Partner
Specialist in Community and Occupational Medicine
Sportsvej 17
7441 Bording
Denmark

Do we need a new research concept for health policy problems?

Analysing research in the field of public health and health policy from a philosophical point of view we meet an overwhelming amount of articles based on an empiristic research tradition. Mostly positivistic, but also some few with a hermeneutic approach can be seen But in general we seldom meet presentations based on a dialectic research tradition. Since the times of Hegel and Marx this tradition has been poorly represented in Academia, nearly forgotten as an alternative.

My presentation will try to demonstrate the weaknesses in the empiristic thinking and present some proposals for models based on dialectical materialism with examples from the health sector.