Standardisation and its discontents

Robert L. Wears*

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In discussions of the quality and safety problems of modern, Western health care, one of the most frequently heard criticisms has been that: “It is not standardised”. This paper explores issues around standardisation that illustrate its surprising complexity, its potential advantages and disadvantages, and its political and sociological implications in the hope that discourses around standardisation might become more fruitful.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-94
Number of pages6
JournalCognition, Technology and Work
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Complexity
  • Quality
  • Resilience
  • Safety
  • Standardisation
  • Taylorism


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