CfP: “Bads” in healthcare: Negative experience as an impetus to reform in 19th and 20th centuries (Event: 06/2018, Winterthur); DL: 30.11.2017

Swiss Society of the History of Health and Nursing (GPG-HSS) in Coop. with the European Association for the History of Nursing (EAHN) and the European Journal for Nursing History, Theory and Ethics (ENHE) (Web)

Venue: Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), School of Health, Winterthur
Time: 21.-22.06.2018
Abstract Submission: 30.11.2017

Cultural expectations of ‘good care’ change according to context. They vary according to time and place. They are constantly shaped and reshaped by knowledge and techniques of health professions; by bodily and emotional needs and sensations; by symbols and rituals of attention and of sympathy; by religious ideas; and by views of justice, of caring human relations and of the person’s dignity. Individual experiences sometimes harmonize with expectations so that patients, and their nurses, midwives and physiotherapists, all feel satisfied. But sometimes, whether during birth, while nursing a newborn or a dying person, or whether engaging in some other healthcare process, things can and do go wrong. Bad things can happen – and these can be compounded by the failure of systems to intervene, to ‘turn things around’. Those involved can be left with negative experiences and may suffer consequences. According to the Dutch Philosopher Annemarie Mol such experiences are termed ambiguously as “bads” in care: “There is something else that … read more and source (Web)