Medical Humanities and Health Studies

Lectures and Seminars in Medical Humanities-Health Studies


Carly Schall, PhD

"A Political History of Patient-Centerd Care"

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

12:00pm - 1:00pm, Campus Center CE 307

Most medical professionals - be they physicians, nurses, patient advocates or social workers - now agree on the fundamental soundness of pursuing "patient-centered care."  Such has not always been the case.  Doctors, in particular, in the 19th century, took the position that the patient’s role in their own care was one purely of obedience.  How, exactly, did the patient elbow her way into the center —conceptually, if not actually - of care?  This seminar examines how this change came from three concurrent and related sets of processes - medical, social movements and policy processes - driven by three sets of actors: medical professionals, patient advocates and lawmakers. Patient-centered care therefore has a medical history, a movement history, and a policy history, all of which involved controversies in the press.



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Parking Information: 

For seminars held in the IUPUI Campus Center: park in the Vermont Street parking garage, 1004 W. Vermont St., next to the IUPUI Campus Center.

For seminars held in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building: park in the University Hospital parking garage, 600 University Blvd., and walk west on Walnut Street to reach the Medical Science building.

For seminars held in the Riley Outpatient Center Auditorium: park in the Riley Outpatient parking garage, 575 West Dr.

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