Shame and Medicine is an interdisciplinary and multi-faceted project led by researchers with extensive experience investigating shame, both theoretically and empirically.
If you are interested in taking part in our research as a patient, medical student or doctor, and you are based in England, we’d love to hear from you. You can sign up here.
The project proposes to directly investigate the experiential basis of shame in a variety of contemporary healthcare contexts, pioneering novel and ambitious empirical research that will be integrated with findings from philosophy, phenomenology, literary studies and cultural studies in order to address three overarching research questions:
- How should shame be theorized and understood in the context(s) of contemporary medicine?
- What role does shame play in contemporary medicine?
- How does the experience of shame impact on the delivery of healthcare?
The research is organized through three overlapping and interdependent workstreams (WS) that investigate shame in particular healthcare contexts:
WS1. The Clinical Encounter
WS2. The Medical Workplace
WS3. Medical Education