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Medical Knowledge In the Clinic and Out of the Clinic

research areas

Digital health
Digital Humanities
evidence synthesis
Health information
Medical knowledge
Patient experience
Patient-clinician collaboration
Shared decision-making

timeframe

2023 - 2023

The DSI health community plans to hold an international workshop exploring the role of digitalisation on the communication of medical knowledge in different knowledge domains and how medical knowledge obtained via digital tools such as Google affect the doctor-patient relationship and shared decision-making. The workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers, health practitioners and interested members of the public to discuss topics around medical knowledge creation and exchange, flow and transfer within and between different knowledge domains.

Background

Digitalisation is transforming the availability of and access to knowledge in knowledge-intensive domains such as medicine. Medical facts and discoveries are an integral part of health coverage in the general media and increasingly in social media, and this affects public and patient knowledge of medical topics which in turn informs and is informed by lived experiences which patients bring into clinical encounters. On the other hand, medical knowledge(s) are represented by the medical training and (ongoing, cumulative) medical evidence base, which itself is being transformed by trends such as the acceleration of research accumulation and disciplinary specialisation. There is an ongoing interplay of these different knowledge domains with doctor-patient shared decision-making. The proposed workshop will explore the role of digitalisation on the communication of medical knowledge in different knowledge domains and how experiences of medical knowledge obtained via digital tools such as Google affect the doctor-patient relationship.

Description of the workshop

The workshop will consist of a mix of invited and submitted presentations, and discussions. Topics may include:

  • The role of digitalization in democratizing medical knowledge
  • Digital translations, disciplinary specialisations, and multi-perspective bridges
  • Medical knowledge in the media
  • Narratives and discourses in medical knowledge
  • Digitalisation of the medical scientific literature
  • Knowledge negotiation in clinical dialogues
  • Digital support for medical knowledge in shared decision-making
  • Digitalisation as accelerator of knowledge translation
  • The doctor-patient relationship

Aims

To explore the effects of digitalisation on medical knowledge, clinician and patient experiences, interprofessional and shared decision-making in clinical contexts.

Methods

Interdisciplinary workshop in Zürich. Call for abstracts for experts from different disciplines will be open in February.

Outcomes

To organize an interdisciplinary workshop and write a post-workshop publication.

Milestones

[January/February] The first steps will be to write the call for abstracts, determine and invite the invited speakers, set a date and secure a venue for the workshop.

[March] The call for abstracts will be issued and publicised among the DSI community and openly using various social media channels.

[April] The abstracts will be reviewed and authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection

[June/July/August] Workshop held in Zurich.

[August/September] Post-workshop article drafted and submitted to a suitable journal.