Scope and topics


The conference aims to bring together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds involving various healthcare specialties and the human and social sciences.

A special emphasis will be on the dissemination of ongoing research in Doctor-Patient communication studies, health communication in the media, as well as practical ethics which engages directly with healthcare practitioners.


  • Argumentation and Rhetoric in Health
  • Client-professional Encounters (involving doctors, counselors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, speech and language therapists, psychotherapists etc)
  • Communicating Risk and Uncertainty
  • Communication Skills Training
  • Distributed Expertise among Professionals and Clients
  • Ethics and Communication
  • Health and Disability
  • Health and the Lifespan
  • Health Literacy
  • Identities and Experiences of Illness
  • Interpreter Mediated Healthcare Delivery
  • Interprofessional Communication and Hospital Management Systems
  • Media and Health Communication
  • Medical Education
  • Nature of Evidence in Diagnosis and Non-Diagnosis
  • Public Understanding of Health and Illness
  • Quality of Life and Quality of Care
  • Representation of the Body
  • Research Ethics
  • Role of Health Technologies and Medical Informatics
  • (Shared) Decision Making
  • Tailoring Health Messages
  • Telemedicine
  • Values and Responsibilities in Professional Practice