Professor Annemarie Jutel

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Professor of Health School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Practice


Teaching in 2020


IDE (Nantes); BPhEd(Hons) Otago, PhD Otago


Annemarie is a critical diagnosis scholar, whose ground-breaking work in the sociology of diagnosis focuses on how medical classification interacts with social and cultural interests. She has written about medicalisation and the interests of the pharmaceutical industry, the diagnostic process and delivery of the dire diagnosis, and the presence and impact of diagnosis in popular culture and literature. Annemarie is the Chairperson of Victoria University of Wellington’s Health and Wellbeing Distinctiveness Theme Steering group. She is also a St Johns PRIME trained first responder nurse the rural community of Middlemarch (Central Otago).

Supervision interests

Diagnosis as a critical, cultural, social or creative subject.

Research interests

Annemarie's work focuses on diagnosis: how diagnoses emerge, what forces influence their creation, and the resulting impact of diagnostic categories on socio-cultural and health protecting practices. She has focused on agents of medicalisation, self-diagnosis, and the diagnostic moment. She has recently turned her attention to the narratives triggered by the revelation of a diagnosis, particularly in historical and creative documents. Her current work is grounded in humanities and in social sciences and explores the impact of diagnostic utterance and conversely, of diagnostic uncertainty. She is a member of the advisory committee of the US-based Principles of Conservative Diagnosis group. She is on the editorial board of Social Science and Medicine, and Perspectives in Biology and Medicine

Current projects

Narratives of Medical Uncertainty: This study is studying the narrative representation of medical uncertainty in three different forms: historical and contemporary writings by physicians about their practice, the creative representation of uncertainty in popular culture, and patient/doctor narratives in pre-existing data sets.

Diagnosis and “Truth”: This expansive study has explored the ways in which the delivery of serious, or dire, diagnosis is characterized as “truth” and how this characterization contributes to a particular configuration of the diagnostic pronouncement as transformative. Across a vast array of media, eras, and contexts, Jutel’s work has revealed how the power of diagnosis is increased by the means of its telling, and the implications of this power for the experience of illness.

Annemarie is an advisor to a number of other projects, including:

  • The Exeter-based Wellcome-Trust funded “Autism and Neurodiversity: Exploring Diagnosis” project
  • The Philadelphia-based (Thomas Jefferson University), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality-funded “Promoting safe care transitions: Simulation-based mastery learning to improve communication in times of diagnostic uncertainty
  • An exploratory project with the University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science on uncertainty in veterinary diagnosis.

Recently completed supervision and/or research projects

Hayley Denison (PhD): Healthcare-seeking behaviour for sexually transmitted infection testing in New Zealand: A mixed methods study.

Susan Lennox (PhD): Group Mentoring of New graduate midwives: Emerging professional capacity.


View a full list of publications from Annemarie Jutel.


Teaching in 2020