Patient and Practitioner Health Communities in the late 20th and early 21st centuries

Thursday 28 September
Room 16, Medecroft, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR

​​For thousands of years societies have sought to develop ways to preserve good health and avoid illness. Key elements of a healthcare system include patient care, population care, access to the system, outcomes, patient satisfaction, and the nature of patient-practitioner interaction. As non-specialists, patients tend to judge quality mainly by the interpersonal relationship with practitioners and by whether the outcomes of care meet their expectations. Social support, accuracy and perceived credibility of health communities facilitate social relationships leading to trust. Information seeking elevates familiarity with the community and sense of social presence; increased familiarity and social presence elevates trust. For medical practitioners, communities of practice exist within and outside organizations, may span organisational boundaries and domains of specialist practice. Communities of practice involve self-selecting members bound together informally through problem solving and solution seeking. This leads to generating, building and extending knowledge. Medical communities develop into communities of practice, and communities of practice are sustainable when shared knowledge enhances medical practice.

This talk will be given by Dr Julian Sims, Birbeck, University of London​.

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