Call for Presentations 2016
Monday 5th September - Wednesday 7th September 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
For the patient's position in the therapeutic relationship to be reconfigured, perhaps the healthcare professional's position needs to be likewise explored and reconsidered. For patienthood to be compatible with personhood, professionalism too may need to be compatible with personhood.
(Peter Bray and Teresa Casa, Beyond Diagnosis, 2014)
The Patient project is actively supported by people across the globe who are involved in patient care either as patients or patients-in-waiting, as practitioners or academics. This project challenges the academy and the institution, governments and the communities that they serve, to maintain high level health service provisions and practices that place the patient at their centre. Thus it hopes to positively respond to assumptions that the patient's position is liminal and dependent in nature by celebrating the significance of human contact, caring, and creativity in collaboration. It provides opportunities for first-hand accounts of patient experiences, to examine what patienthood means to human beings, and to discuss what makes it infinitely more bearable. Through its research and publications, and from a number of health and therapeutic care perspectives, this project began by characterising the patient as a liminal figure in an unstable landscape. As a result the project began to explore the positioning of patients, families and institutions, helping professionals and clinicians, the nature of practice and the significance of theory in terms of: quality of care; professional and personal expectations; reluctance and resistance; institutional and individual needs; and, the value and role of education.
In this next phase of the project's life, whilst we will continue to explore patient experiences, we would like to encourage presentations that identify what works - examples of cutting edge practices that are underpinned by developing theory. Consequently, this project invites the presentation of therapeutic approaches, roles, skills, and conditions of relationship that enhance agency, examine creative partnerships, and assist in mutually agreeable outcomes. Often the practice of these approaches is narrowly defined in terms of the curative benefits to the patient or client. However, the project will add to the scope of previous discussions by capturing and examining the myriad roles that good theory, practice and service play in assisting client groups of all types toward the achievement of their goals.
Therefore, the project invites individuals and groups from all backgrounds, disciplines, professions, and vocations to come together in dialogical partnerships to explore the essential characteristics of this question and engage in activities that enhance current understanding, generate new ways of looking at ‘the patient' and inform future policies, practice, and caring.
We encourage presentations that include auto-ethnographical and experiential accounts, case studies, papers, performance pieces, reports, and works of art, works-in-progress, and workshops. Practitioners working in medical fields, NGO representatives working in patient-related areas,
legal experts and civil servants working in the area of patient policy, artists who engage with patient issues in their work, clergy and life coaches who offer counselling in patient-related issues and individuals with an interest in patient issues are invited to propose presentations on topics that might include (but are not limited to) the following themes:
- Patient outcomes and futures;
- The heart of patient/helper relationships - theory and practice - past, present, and future;
- The impact of culture and gender;
- Alternative practices;
- Contextualising patient, family, and professional helper narratives;
- Changing states - from person to patient - accounts of experience and representations;
- The present and future roles of new global technologies in patient care.
- The impact of economic factors on relationships between patients and care-providers;
- Re-visioning patient experiences - emerging cultures of patient care and relationship;
- Identifying and supporting patients' relational needs in different settings;
- Collaborative projects that grow patient agency;
- Patient advocacy;
- Eldercare - present and future economic realities, technological support, and change;
- Sexual orientation and discrimination - patient and carer experiences;
- Patient-centred caring - education and training;
- Mythic representations of the patient;
- Concepts of time and timing in patient care
- Chronic illness and disease;
- Controversial and polarising issues;
- Recognising empowerment through relationship - disenfranchised, vulnerable, and stigmatised patients;
- The impact of remission on perception;
- The roles of emerging disciplines - medical sociology and anthropology and neuroscience;
- The importance of place, mobility and patient transitions;
- Key philosophical, ethical, and legal issues in patient and helper relationships across the lifespan;
- Preserving and nurturing relationships in a therapeutic setting - case studies, personal and experiential accounts, and institutional facts;
- Choosing life - perceiving and seeking positive and growthful positions in the face of difficult life situations;
- Attending to opportunities for psycho-spiritual, psychological, psycho-social and physical development.
It is our aim that a number of these interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary dialogues will be ongoing and that they will ultimately develop into a series of related cross context research project. It is also anticipated that these will support and encourage the establishment of useful collaborative networks, and the creation, presentation, and publication of original research. Through such richness and diversity it is expected that a body of knowledge and expertise will be established that serves both individuals and organisations.
Further details (and my source) and information can be found at the conference website: