Conceptual development is at the core of CQ’s mandate to further understanding of health-related phenomena through research that is innovative, sensitive and intellectually rigorous. CQ fellows share interdisciplinary training in the social and health sciences, which allows them to produce theoretical and conceptual work that brings new perspectives to old problems. By theorizing research results, new concepts are created, taken for granted ideas are challenged, and health and health care practices can be re-examined; this form of intellectual innovation gives communities and practitioners new lenses to see everyday health practices and health care work differently.
By changing the way illness, well-being, care work and ethics are understood, CQ’s fellows can potentially contribute to social transformation. Through qualitative inquiry, widely experienced health issues as well as experiences and perspectives that have been marginalized by stigma and silence can be explained in depth, allowing for the transferability of results to other groups facing similar circumstances. Members of the CQ community have made considerable contributions to policy, scientific, and media understanding of dementia (selfhood and embodiment in dementia care), workplace injuries (institutional discourse of abuse about injured workers), power relations in hospital settings (nurses’ power anorexia), patients with communication disabilities (how voice is conceived in research), and many other topics.