Pharmaceuticals in drinking water

A sociological approach to the problem of unintended consequences of medical treatment

Authors

  • Christian Büscher Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS), Karlsruher Institut für Techno-logie (KIT) (DE)

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14512/tatup.27.3.51

Keywords:

medical treatment, doctor-patient interaction, uncertainty, risk, ecological consequences

Abstract

The social system of medical treatment does not only provide essential societal services, it also externalizes systemically undesirable effects, e.g., pharmaceuticals in the aquatic environment. These unintended consequences result from countless individual actions that arise from social mechanisms of dealing with uncertainty. In order to develop strategies to reduce pharmaceuticals in drinking water, it is important to better understand the efficacy of mechanisms such as monetary payments, authority, and trust. Those allow for the emergence of actions, but can hardly be used to control desired actions.

Published

11.12.2018

How to Cite

1.
Büscher C. Pharmaceuticals in drinking water: A sociological approach to the problem of unintended consequences of medical treatment. TATuP [Internet]. 2018 Dec. 11 [cited 2021 Oct. 24];27(3):51-6. Available from: https://www.tatup.de/index.php/tatup/article/view/174

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