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IOE joins consortium for healthcare communication research

21 September 2020

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is joining with internationally renowned research centres across the world to establish the International Consortium for Communication in Health Care (IC4CH).

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The initiative, led the Australian National Institute for Communication in Health Care, will build an international, interdisciplinary, collaborative research and training hub in healthcare communication to improve patient safety and quality of healthcare practice around the world. The consortium’s mission is to translate cutting-edge communication research into best practice and training for safe and compassionate healthcare.

The consortium members are:

  • Australian National University
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • University of Hong Kong
  • UCL
  • Lancaster University
  • Queensland University of Technology

Dr Elizabeth Rider, Harvard Medical School and Chair of the ICH External Advisory Committee said: “IC4CH is distinctive as it brings together world class linguists with academic and practicing healthcare professionals, educators and communication experts to share and collaborate on healthcare communication research, education and training, and health policy.”

Professor Diana Slade, Director of the ANU ICH, welcomed the international consortium partners to the network:

“The establishment of this consortium is an exciting development for healthcare communication research globally. I am delighted to welcome Lancaster University, UCL, Nanyang Technology University, Singapore, Hong Kong University and Queensland University of Technology as consortium members. I believe that working together across borders and disciplines will give us the unity and strength to realise our collective vision of creating a future in which healthcare is safe, compassionate, sensitive and supportive for patients, carers and clinicians.”

Dr Zsofia Demjen, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at the IOE, said: 

“More than ever, diseases and health concerns are not restricted to geographical or disciplinary boundaries. We need to know more about and learn from these differences in approaches. IC4CH is a unique opportunity for international and interdisciplinary collaboration that both deeply respects local research, education and practice, and also fiercely promotes sharing and learning across our different contexts.”

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A webinar will take place on 23 September examining communication in health care and the impact of COVID-19. The event will bring together directors of the partner organisations and affiliate members of the International Consortium for Communication in Health Care.