Symposium on Medical argumentation and Patient centred care

From Thursday 26 to Friday 27 October 2017, a 1,5 day symposium on Medical Argumentation and Patient Centred Care will be held at the University of Amsterdam organized by members of the Department of Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory and Rhetoric and of the Department of Medical Psychology of the Amsterdam Medical Centre. The aim of this symposium is to investigate how argumentation can contribute to patient centred care. Is there room for discussion during medical consultation? In what way can a doctor’s argumentation contribute to the shared decision making process? When is the use of argumentation appropriate and when inappropriate in treatment decision making?

At the symposium, research papers on argumentation in medical communication will be presented and commented upon. Our aim is to bring together medical professionals and scholars of health communication and argumentation. The contributions to the symposium will subsequently also be published in a special issue of the Journal of Argumentation in Context (John Benjamins).