SANTÉ-MOBILITÉ - Spatial mobility and working conditions of health workers in the Lyon Urban Area: a plural and methodological investigation (2018)

Scientific coordinator: Pascal Pochet (LAET)
Disciplines: Spatial and Urban Planning – Anthropology – Geography – Medicine – Computer Science – Transport Economics
Laboratories: LAET – EVS – LIRIS – UFR Psychology, François Rabelais University – UMRESTTE


The project aims to understand spatial mobility issues and working conditions of health workers in their day-to-day practices providing care to patients at home. It involves several scientific disciplines, combining several complementary methodologies and mobilising a number of players in academic research and practitioners in the sector of healthcare and working conditions.
The general thrust of the study addresses the link between spatial mobility and the working conditions of health professionals in the context of providing healthcare at home. The major objective is to understand mobility strategies and issues and to identify social and geographical constraints linked to healthcare at home, a sector undergoing profound change and even in crisis.
Ambulatory care and the greatest possible delivery of healthcare services at home championed for several years now by the public authorities, and the development of new technologies, is transforming the very nature of the work and offer of care. They are reconfiguring cooperation between medical and non-medical players, as well as between healthcare professionals and patients.
The project aims to identify and map current mobility practices in five categories of healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, healthcare assistants and midwives), shed light and offer avenues for methodological and theoretical reflection on their working conditions, and provide information to assist reflection by the public authorities.
Several disciplines are involved in terms of multidisciplinarity: anthropology, sociology at work, engineering, digital geography, economics, spatial planning and urban studies, computer science, public health, occupational health and medicine.