17th biennal congress of the ESHMS

Old tensions, emerging paradoxes in health: rights, knowledge, and trust

Date: from Thursday 7 June 2018 to Friday 8 June 2018

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Health policies have become more aligned with the needs of different social groups (e.g. migrants, ethnic minorities, women, LGBT) and of specific medical conditions (e.g. HIV, mental and age-related diseases). Regulators interfere more and more in professional work models and decisions to better control health systems performance and to enhance transparency, but so do empowered citizens in the defence of their rights as patients. Scientific knowledge is often called upon to improve the governance of health systems by providing clinical protocols and guidelines with evidence on effectiveness and efficiency. Nevertheless, the tensions involving rights, knowledge, and trust in health have been widely acknowledged.

Moreover, events such as the ongoing global warming, the latest financial and economic crisis, or the increasing number of refugees not only highlight that old tensions in health have persisted over time but also testify to the rise of new paradoxes linking rights, knowledge and trust. Health inequalities increased in the 21st century, the expected functioning of health systems often do not meet users’ and professionals’ needs, and the strengthened political and civil rights are constantly under challenge.

Health professionals continue to play a key mediation role between evidence and users despite professional values, commitment and ethics are under growing criticism, hence a seemingly contradictory link between distrust of and dependence on expert knowledge. This paradox coexists with market-driven dynamics in which users are turned into consumers and, together with professionals, they are made accountable for individual decisions. The diversity of scientific and lay rationalities makes the different knowledge rather difficult to reconcile, and the expectation of certainty in evidence-based truth is virtually unattainable. More established health care professions and emerging actors including the so-named complementary and alternative practitioners compete for their own place in the production of truths, while empowered citizens claim the right to decide freely on important events concerning their lives regardless of experts’ evidence (e.g. death and birth). The role of private investors in R&D is also still not entirely clear with regard to public regulation and science agenda setting.

The Scientific Committee is now accepting proposals for high quality, timely, innovative, and also educational, sessions related to the overall idea of tensions and paradoxes related to rights, knowledge, and trust in health resulting from broad social, political, and economic transformations to be presented at the ESHMS 17th Biennial Congress, June 7-8, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.

The call for abstracts is now open

See the complete call for abstract (see conference details on the side bar of this page) for further information on the conference theme, the available sessions and other relevant information.

Submission Guidelines

The following guidelines are provided to assist you to submit your abstract. Please follow the instructions when completing the abstract form.

1. Abstracts can only be submitted online in the following platform:

2. Submissions and presentations are allowed only in English (either BrE or AmE).

3. Abstract submission consists of:

- Presentation title (it should be as brief as possible, but long enough to indicate clearly the nature of the study: 120 characters maximum, spaces included).
- Author(s) name(s) and contact(s). After completing the information about the corresponding author, please provide the system with details of presenting author and co-authors, if applicable. Note: All authors (corresponding and co-authors) wanting to attend the  conference, must register and pay their registration.
- Preferred presentation format: oral or poster.
- Abstract (the content should be organised to provide clear information as to background, objectives, methods (if applicable), results (if applicable), discussion/conclusions. 500 words maximum, spaces not included)

4. There is a limit of two presentations (oral and/or poster) for a single author, even if in co-authorship.

- Important Dates
- Abstract submission opening: September 1, 2017
- Abstract Submission deadline: December 15, 2017
- Abstracts acceptance notification: February 1, 2018
- Notification of presentation day, time and room: April 16, 2018
- Authors registration deadline: April 30, 2018

Contacts and information

For specific information about sessions, please contact directly the respective Session Organiser(s).

For any other matter related to the submission process, please contact eshms2018@leading.pt

More detailed information can be found on the website:

Introduction video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8qdpZRW4Rk

Venue website: http://iscte-iul.pt/


PhD Workhop
Information about the PhD Workshop on June 6th can be found here: https://eshms2018.wixsite.com/eshms2018lisbon/phd-workshop

Conference details

Website: https://eshms2018.wixsite.com/eshms2018lisbon

Download: Call for Abstract 17th biennal congress 2018