On this page you can find some Useful Links to other projects, resources and writings that address issues related to shame in health and medicine.
- The Shame Conversation – The Shame Conversation is a project which aims to help initiate, facilitate and sustain open and honest conversations to bring shame in healthcare and medicine into the light. The Shame Conversation was created by a team of healthcare professionals at the Duke University School of Medicine, led by Dr Will Bynum. The aim is to change the culture of medicine so that there is open engagement with shame and other challenging emotions.
- Care Under Pressure Project – Care Under Pressure is an interdisciplinary research programme, based at the University of Exeter Medical School, that aims to understand the causes of mental ill-health in doctors, across specialties and career stages, and make informed recommendations to tackle this problem.
- Working Cultures, Mental Health and Suicide Among Junior Doctors – A mixed method study to identify working conditions and work cultures associated with psychological distress and suicidality among junior doctors working in the NHS. This research project has been developed in collaboration with junior doctors.
Talks and Videos
- Doctors Make Mistakes, Can We Talk About That? – Brian Goldman’s TED Talk exploring medicine’s culture of denial (and shame) and calling on doctors to start talking about making mistakes.
- Listening to Shame – Brené Brown’s TED talk where she explores shame as a silent epidemic and the secret force behind many broken behaviours.
- Diane Aubin Consulting – Diane Aubin’s research on the impact of shame on health professionals after an adverse event informs her consulting services. She works with health professionals and healthcare organisations supporting them through training, coaching, strategic planning and program development.
- We Need to Talk About Shame – In this series of six essays, published by the Wellcome Collection, journalist and author Lucia Osborne-Crowley explores what makes shame so powerful and the impact it can have on physical health. Reflecting on her own experiences following a violent sexual assault, Lucia reveals what she has learned about where shame comes from, what it’s for and how it works.
- A Better NHS – Blog by NHS GP Jonathan Tomlinson exploring the relationships between doctors and patients and health policy. See posts on Shame, Empathy and Shame, Shame and Redemption, and Empathy, Shame and Medical Professionals.