Healthcare as a Public Space

Social Integration and Social Diversity in the Context of Access to Healthcare in Europe

In cooperation with:
Prof. Dr. Paweł Łuków, Center for Bioethics and Biolaw, University of Warsaw (Poland)
Prof. Dr. Amir Muzur, Department of Social Sciences and Medical Humanities, University of Rijeka (Croatia)
Prof. Dr. Zvonka Zupanič Slavec, Institute of the History of Medicine, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

In this research project, healthcare is understood as a medical space in which processes of social inclusion and social exclusion are modeled. Healthcare can connect different groups of a society with a common idea of health and illness. However, it can also influence the social exclusion of minority groups. The aim of the research project is the systematic analysis of the ethical, cultural, and normative aspects of integration and exclusion in the healthcare, based on the examples of Germany, Croatia, Poland and Slovenia. For this purpose, guidelines and legal regulations of the European institutions and their implementation in national law of these countries will be examined. In addition, statutes, internal documents and guidelines issued by hospital ethics committees will be evaluated. Moreover, within the framework of the project, conducted will be interviews with doctors and patients. Based on these interviews, examined will be the implementation of the normative legal guidelines in medical practice.

Project lead: Prof. Dr. Florian Steger
Project researchers: Dr. Marcin Orzechowski, Dr. Marianne Nowak
Duration: 2019–2022

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Call for Abstracts
for the International Conference: “Healthcare as a Public Space. Social Integration and Social Diversity in the Context of Access to Healthcare in Europe”
Rijeka, 5th and 6th of September 2019