Consumerism and Health: Whose Body Is It, Anyway?

Consumerism and Health: Whose Body Is It, Anyway?


Claire M. Fagin


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(This information was taken from the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series Program 1984-1985).

Dr. Fagin is Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. Born in New York City, she received the Ph.D. from New York University. While earning her doctorate, Dr. Fagin taught at New York University, concentrating on psychiatric and mental health nursing. Prior to her appointment as dean at the University of Pennsylvania, she was director of the Health Professions Institute of Herbert H. Lehman College and was associated with the Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Fagin has edited and written a number of books, including Nursing in Child Psychiatry (1972) and Family Centered Nursing in Community Psychiatry (1970), chosen as Books of the Year in their respective areas by The American Journal of Nursing. Her articles have appeared extensively in professional journals and published anthologies on nursing, psychiatry, and nursing administration. Among Dr. Fagin's many awards have been two fellowships from the National Institute for Mental Health, a Special Distinguished Alumnus A ward at the 50th Anniversary of Nursing at New York University, and an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree from Lycoming College in Pennsylvania. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the American Orthopsychiatric Association, on the Expert Advisory Panel on Nursing World Health Organization, and on the National Institute of Mental Health's SCOPCE Research Panel. She is a member of the American Academy of Nursing and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science. Her professional and public service activities have also included service on editorial and advisory boards and on the special task force on the Mental Health of Children and the New York State Governor's Committee on Children.

Her Work: Dr. Fagin's major area of research has been the affects of maternal attendance during children's hospitalization, and many improvements in practice have been based on her work. Continuing to investigate this area, she is currently doing research on the cost effectiveness of nursing intervention and nurse-consumer collaboration.

Her Lecture: April 27, 1985: "Consumerism and Health: Whose Body Is It, Anyway?"


Nursing, Medical Science

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April 27, 1985:

Consumerism and Health: Whose Body Is It, Anyway?