Dr. Smith has a broad interest in understanding health and illness in relation to their social, cultural, and institutional contexts. In particular, his research has focused on three main areas: the social organization of diagnostics in dementia assessment and the impact of diagnostic disclosure on interfamilial and intergenerational dynamics; the effects of regulatory environments and institutional cultures on patterns of health care delivery; and the applications of qualitative methodologies to study the social determinants of health and illness.
Health Related Research
Social and familial aspects of dementia
Institutional cultures and their impact on care delivery systems
Qualitative research in health care