Dr Alex Broom


Senior Lecturer
Discipline of Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Sydney

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Before coming to Sydney I had research positions at the University of Leeds (UK), the University of Queensland and the University of Newcastle. I have since taken a Senior Lectureship in Sociology at the University of Sydney and become Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council Key Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS). I have just completed by third book and I am leading research projects in Australia, India, Sri Lanka and Brazil.


Qualifications


PhD, La Trobe University
MA, University of Canterbury(NZ)
BA (hons 1st Class) in Sociology, University of Canterbury(NZ)

Publications


Journal articles
Books
Book Chapters

Journal articles


Broom, A (2009 in press) ‘I’d forgotten about me in all of this’: Discourses of self-healing, positivity and vulnerability in cancer patients’ experiences of complementary and alternative medicine. Journal of Sociology Vol. x No. x pp.xx-xx Link to publication COMING SOON
Broom, A & Adams, J. (2009 in press) Oncology clinicians’ accounts of discussing complementary and alternative medicine with their patients. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine Vol. 13 No. 3 x pp.xx-xx.Link to publication COMING SOON
Broom, A & Tovey, P. (2008 in press) Exploring the temporal dimension in cancer patients’ experiences of non-biomedical therapeutics. Qualitative Health Research Vol. x No. x pp.xx-xxLink to publication COMING SOON
Adams, J., Broom, A and Jennaway, M. (2008 in press) Developing research capacity in chiropractic through utilisation of qualitative methods: a focus upon practitioners, patients and multi-disciplinary care. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics Vol. x No. x pp.xx-xxLink to publication COMING SOON
Tovey, P. & Broom, A (2008) The problematic nature of conflating use and advocacy in CAM integration: complexity and differentiation in cancer patients’ views. Health Sociology Review Vol. 17 No. 1 pp. 25-50Link to publication COMING SOON
Broom, A & Tovey, P. (2008) The role of the Internet in cancer patients’ engagement with complementary and alternative cancer treatments. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine Vol. 12 No. 2 pp.139-156Link to publication
Broom, A & Tovey, P. (2007) The dialectical tension between individuation and depersonalisation in cancer patients’ mediation of complementary, alternative and biomedical cancer treatments. Sociology Vol. 41 No. 6 pp. 1021–1039Link to publication
Broom, A & Tovey, P. (2007) Inter-professional conflict and strategic alliance between traditional healers and oncologists in Pakistan. Asian Journal of Social Science Vol. 35, No. 4 pp. 488-420Link to publication
Tovey, P. & Broom, A (2007) Cancer patients’ negotiation of therapeutic options in Pakistan. Qualitative Health Research Vol. 17 No. 5 pp. 652-662Link to publication
Broom, A & Tovey, P. (2007) Therapeutic Pluralism? Evidence, power and legitimacy in UK cancer services. Sociology of Health and Illness Vol. 29 No. 3, pp. 551-569Link to publication
Tovey, P. & Broom, A (2007) Oncologists’ and specialist cancer nurses’ approaches to complementary and alternative medicine use and their impact on patient action. Social Science and Medicine Vol. 64 pp 2550-2564Link to publication
Broom, A & Adams, J. (2007) Researching complementary medicine: Current issues and future directions. Complementary Therapies in Medicine Vol 15 No. 3, pp. 217-220Link to publication
Broom, A (2006) Ethical Issues in Social Research. Complementary Therapies in Medicine Vol. 13, No. 1, pp151-156Link to publication
Broom, A (2005) Using qualitative interviews in complementary and alternative medicine research: A guide to study design, data collection and data analysis. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. Vol. 13 No. 1 pp65-73Link to publication
Tovey, P., Broom, A, Chatwin, J., Hafeez, M., Ahmad, S. (2005) Patient assessment of effectiveness and satisfaction with traditional medicine, globalised CAMs and allopathic medicines for cancer in Pakistan. Integrative Cancer Therapies. Vol. 4 No. 3 pp242-248Link to publication
Tovey, P. Broom, A Chatwin, J., Hafeez, M., Ahmad, S. (2005) Use of traditional, complementary and allopathic medicines in Pakistan by cancer patients. Rural and Remote Health Vol. 5 No. 4, 447 [electronic version online]Link to publication
Broom, A, Barnes, J. & Tovey, P. (2004) Introduction to research methods in complementary medicine. Complementary Therapies in Medicine Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 165-73Link to publication
Broom, A (2002) Contested Territories: The construction of boundaries between ‘alternative’ and ‘conventional’ cancer treatments. New Zealand Journal of Sociology Vol. 17 No. 2 pp 215-234Link to publication


Books


Broom, A and Tovey, P. (eds.) (2008 in press) Men’s Health: Body, Identity and Social Context. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: ChichesterLink to publication COMING SOON
Broom, A and Tovey, P. (2008) Therapeutic pluralism: Exploring the experiences of cancer patients and professionals. Routledge: London and New YorkLink to publication
Tovey, P., Chatwin, J., & Broom, A (2007) Traditional, complementary and alternative medicine and cancer care: An international analysis of grassroots integration. Routledge: London and New YorkLink to publication


Book Chapters


Broom, A (2008 forthcoming) Complementary and alternative medicine. In, J. Germov (ed) Second Opinion: An introduction to health sociology. Oxford University Press: MelbourneLink to publication
Broom, A (2008) Cultural constructions of masculinity and men’s experiences of prostate cancer In Robertson, S. & Gough, B. (eds) Men, Masculinities & Health: Critical Perspectives. Palgrave-Macmillan. LondonLink to publication
Broom, A & Adams, J. (2008) The status of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in biomedical education. In C. Brosnan and B.S. Turner (eds.) Handbook of the Sociology of Medical Education. Routledge: LondonLink to publication
Broom, A (2008) The role and implications of the Internet in healthcare delivery. In D. Oliver, C. Romm & F. Sudweeks. (eds.) Self-Service in the Internet Age. Springer: UKLink to publication
Broom, A and Willis, E. (2007) Competing paradigms and health research. In M. Saks and J. Allsop (eds.) Researching Health. Sage Publications. LondonLink to publication

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