Erica is a medical anthropologist holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge for her ethnographic research on English end-of-life care. Prior to joining Cambridge, Erica studied anthropology at Durham University (BA and MA Research Methods).
Erica is interested in the anthropological study of health, medical systems, and death. Her work ethnographically explored end-of-life care policy and it’s translation into practice, as well as the experiences of those living with chronic and/or terminal illness. She is interested in relationally, understandings of personhood, and how material objects influence practices or the way things are done and understood.t.
Erica has previously been a supervisor for medical anthropology and the Social Context of Health and Illness course taught to first year medical students. She has run training courses on writing and regularly co-hosts writing retreats for social scientists. At LSHTM, Erica will be a seminar leader for the Principles of Social Research module.
Borgstrom, E. (2015) Advance care planning: between tools and relational end-of-life care. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care 5:216-217 *selected as editor’s choice for the issue
Borgstrom, E. (2015) Planning for an (un)certain future: Choice in English end-of-life care. Current Sociology 60(5):700-713 DOI:10.1177/001139211559008
Borgstrom, E. and Walter, T. (2015) Choice and compassion at the end of life: a critical analysis of recent English policy discourse. Social Science and Medicine 135-137:99-105 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.05.013
Borgstrom, E., Barclay, S., and Cohn, S. (2013). Constructing denial as a disease object: accounts by medical students meeting dying patients. Sociology of Health and Illness 35(3):391-404 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9566.2012.01487.x/abstract
Borgstrom, E., Cohn, S., Barclay, S. (2010). Medical professionalism: Conflicting values for tomorrow’s doctors. Journal of General Internal Medicine 25(12):1330-1336 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11606-010-1485-8
Erica currently holds the Mildred Blaxter postdoctoral fellowship from the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness (post held at LSHTM). Erica is an honorary member of the Cambridge Palliative and End of Life Care team, having worked and studied in Cambridge from 2009-2015.
Erica is the membership secretary for the Association for the Study of Death and Society and co-convenes the British Sociological Association Study Group for the Social Aspects of Death, Dying and Bereavement.