Calls for Papers: Transparency in Health and Health Care: Legal and Ethical Possibilities and Limits

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School is pleased to announce plans for our 2017 annual conference, entitled: Transparency in Health and Health Care: Legal and Ethical Possibilities and Limits.”

Conference Description

Transparency is a relatively new concept to the world of health and health care, considering that just a few short decades ago we were still in the throes of a “doctor-knows-best” model. Today, however, transparency is found on almost every short list of solutions to a variety of health policy problems, ranging from conflicts of interest to rising drug costs to promoting efficient use of health care resources, and more. Doctors are now expected to be transparent about patient diagnoses and treatment options, hospitals are expected to be transparent about error rates, insurers about policy limitations, companies about prices, researchers about data, and policymakers about priorities and rationales for health policy intervention. But a number of important legal and ethical questions remain. For example, what exactly does transparency mean in the context of health, who has a responsibility to be transparent and to whom, what legal mechanisms are there to promote transparency, and what legal protections are needed for things like privacy, intellectual property, and the like? More specifically, when can transparency improve health and health care, and when is it likely to be nothing more than platitude?

This conference, and anticipated edited volume, will aim to: (1) identify the various thematic roles transparency has been called on to play in American health policy, and why it has emerged in these spaces; (2) understand when, where, how, and why transparency may be a useful policy tool in relation to health and health care, what it can realistically be expected to achieve, and when it is unlikely to be successful, including limits on how patients and consumers utilize information even when we have transparency; (3) assess the legal and ethical issues raised by transparency in health and health care, including obstacles and opportunities; (4) learn from comparative examples of transparency, both in other sectors and outside the United States. In sum, we hope to reach better understandings of this health policy buzzword so that transparency can be utilized as a solution to pressing health policy issues where appropriate, while recognizing its true limitations.

Call for Abstracts

We welcome submissions on both the broad conceptual questions described above and more specific policy issues, including:

  • Patient access to medical records (including comprehensive electronic health records that span providers and institutions)
  • Transparency of medical bills and billing practices from institutions and insurers
  • Transparency in drug pricing (especially in light of legislative proposals seeking information regarding how companies set prices)
  • Conflict of interest disclosure and management (among clinicians, researchers, health agency advisory committees, etc.)
  • “Report cards,” online reviews, and other rating systems for health care institutions and providers (including accuracy, metrics, and utility)
  • Medical error and apology laws
  • Proper scope of informed consent disclosures in clinical care and research (e.g., provider characteristics, cost, available data, etc.)
  • Data sharing in clinical care and research (aggregate/individual, identified/de-identified; for purposes of replication, identification of trends, public health, national security, etc.)
  • Return of results to clinical trial participants
  • Mechanisms to facilitate patient and consumer understanding, use, and engagement with the information disclosed
  • HIPAA and similar laws as facilitators or inhibitors of transparency
  • Potential implications of transparency for discrimination
  • Food and drug labeling (and other consumer-focused disclosures)
  • Public health disclosures (e.g., lead in water and exposure to other environmental toxins)
  • New approaches to transparency not yet attempted in health policy contexts

Please note that this list is not meant to be exhaustive; we hope to receive abstracts related to the conference’s general theme even if a particular topic was not specifically listed here. However, proposals that lack a clear linkage to all three aspects of the conference – health/health care, transparency, and either law or ethics will not be considered. Papers that focus on ethics should include substantial discussion of policy implications. Relatedly, law will be treated broadly to include governmental policy decisions more generally. Successful abstracts will propose or outline an argument/position, rather than merely stating a topic.

In an effort to encourage interdisciplinary and international dialogue, we welcome submissions from legal scholars and lawyers, of course, but also from bioethicists, philosophers, clinicians, medical researchers, public health practitioners, behavioral economists, government officials and staff, international scholars and regulators discussing how their systems have handled these issues in ways that the US may learn from, and others who have a meaningful contribution to make on this topic. We welcome submissions from advocacy organizations, think tanks, and others outside academia, but emphasize that this is a scholarly conference, and abstracts/papers will be held to academic standards of argumentation and support.

How to Participate

If you are interested in participating, please send a 1-page abstract of the paper you would plan to present to petrie-flom@law.harvard.edu as soon as possible, but not later than December 2, 2016. If your abstract is selected, your final paper will be due on March 31, 2017, and you will be assigned a presentation slot for the conference. Please note that all presenters must provide a full final draft in order to participate and that presenters are expected to attend the conference for its full duration. The conference will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017. We will pay travel expenses for presenters who must travel to Cambridge; co-authored papers must name a single presenter.

In the past, we have successfully turned several of our conferences into edited volumes (e.g., with Cambridge, MIT, Johns Hopkins, and Columbia University presses). If such a volume arises out of this conference, our expectation is that conference presenters will publish their papers with us as part of the edited volume. We will accept conference papers of all lengths and styles (e.g., law review, medical, philosophy, or policy journal, etc.), but presentations will be limited to about 15 minutes and chapters in conference volumes are generally limited to about 5,000 words, including references. Previous conference participants have been able to publish their submissions in different formats in multiple venues, for example both as a short book chapter and a longer law review article. However, the version that will be used for our edited volume should not have been published previously or be planned to publish separately.

Additional information on the conference, including registration information and the agenda, will be posted as it becomes available to the conference website: http://petrieflom.law.harvard.edu/events/details/2017-annual-conference.

 

Calls for Papers: Special Issue on New Trends in the Historiography of Medicine

Call for Papers: special issue on New trends in the historiography of medicine

Deadline for paper submission: July 31th2017.

Publication of the issue: December, 2017.

We are expecting to receive submissions related to the new methodological approaches and the new objects that have been recently explored in the field of the history of medicine. These submissions can either propose a kind of meta-analysis of a new field of studies in the history of medicine (such as “global health”, relation between medicine and gender or race studies, history of pharmacology, health and environment, history of medicine in Africa etc.), or propose some epistemological analysis on new methodological approaches that have emerged in these last decades (such as the articulation of ethnography and historical methods, the historical epistemology applied to medical history, the relevance of visual studies to the history of medicine etc.). Papers applying an original methodology to a specific object or historical materials are especially welcomed, as papers trying to embrace the development of an emergent field of researches in the area of history of medicine.

We are also expecting book reviews relevant for the above thematic.

In addition to English articles, Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science accepts articles in French, Portuguese and Spanish for evaluation, but after approval for publication the author should send the final version in English.

Submission details:

Submissions must be received by July 31th, 2017 via the webpage of the Journal, so they can be considered for the December 2017 issue. Submissions must be prepared for double blind review.

Author Guidelines

Online Submissions

For any further information concerning this Call for Papers, please contact:

Prof. Ana Carolina Vimieiro Gomes, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. E-mail: carolvimieiro@gmail.com

Prof. Claude Olivier-Doron, Université Paris-Diderot (Paris VII), France. E-mail: colivierdoron@gmail.com

For any further information concerning this Journal, please contact the Editors-in-chief below.

Prof. Mauro L. Condé, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. E-mail: mauroconde@ufmg.br

Prof. Marlon J. Salomon, Federal University of Goiás, Goiania, Brazil. E-mail: marlonsalomon@ufg.br

Calls for Papers: Issue on Medicine and Health Romanian Journal of Sociological Studies

Romanian Journal of Sociological Studies (published by the Institute of Sociology – Romanian Academy – and by the Romanian Association of Sociology) invites articles for a special issue which will focus on Sociology of Medicine and Health. Contribution exploring any context of health and medicine in social contexts are welcomed. The journal welcomes high-quality research and analyses from diverse theoretical and methodological approaches.

The journal is particularly interested in new approaches of medicine, body, health and illness that have the potential to increase the body of knowledge on the subject and generate future studies.
Contributions may include, but are not limited to:

1. The sociological analysis of medical organizations and institutions;
2. The production of medical knowledge and selection of methods;
3. The actions and interactions of healthcare professionals;
4. The social or cultural effects of medical practices.
5. Aspects of sociological pathology;
6. Patterns of global and/or cross-national changes in health care systems.
7. Medical technology, body and health.

Contributions can be original empirical (qualitative or quantitative) research, literature reviews, theoretical or methodological contributions, integrative reviews, meta-analyses, comparative studies.

The articles should have between 6-8.000 words, with an abstract of 250 words and five key-words and they should adhere at RJSS Style. Please send the articles with the message’s title “For the special issue of RJSS on Medicine and Health”.

The deadline of submitting the articles is January 1, 2017.

The articles will be submitted online at the address rjssoffice@gmail.com.
For more information about journal and RJSS Style http://journalofsociology.ro/
If you have any questions, please contact the editors at: rjssoffice@gmail.com

Calls for Papers: American Association for the History of Nursing

The American Association for the History of Nursing and St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Nursing are co-sponsoring the Association’s 34th annual conference to be held in Rochester, NY. The conference provides a forum for researchers interested in sharing new research that addresses events, issues, and topics in any area of nursing and healthcare history, broadly construed to encompass the history of nursing, global nursing history, nursing practice, healthcare institutions, caring, illness, healing work and public health. Submissions pertaining to all areas and regions of the world are welcome. Papers and posters that expand the horizons of nursing and healthcare history and engage related fields such as women’s labor, technology, economic history, and race and gender studies are encouraged.
 
Guidelines for Submission:
  • Individual Paper or Poster: A one-page abstract of a completed study will be accepted by email.Presentations are 20 minutes long with 10 minutes for questions. Abstracts must include: 1.Purpose of study; 2. Rationale and significance; 3. Description of methodology; 4. Major primary and secondary sources; 5. Findings and conclusions. Each section of the abstract should be clearly identified with these specific headers.
  • Panel: A panel consists of 3-5 persons addressing a common topic. Panels need to submit an abstract describing the overall topic with each presenter also submitting an abstract. Each abstract will be judged on its own merits. Panels are 90 minutes in length. Abstracts should follow the same format requirements as papers/posters (see above).
  • Thematic Proposals: The organizer should submit a one-page abstract giving a short, clear statement of the purpose of the presentation. These presentations are intended not for original scholarship, but to address topics of broad interest such as new themes in historiography, teaching, research methods, and advocacy. Though limited to 90 minutes, they can include several speakers with a flexible format.
 Abstract preparation: Submit a one-page Word document file which must fit one side of one 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Margins must be one and one-half inches on the left, and one inch on the right, top, and bottom. Center the title in upper case, and single space the body using 12-point Times (New Roman) font.
Submit two copies of your abstract; one must include the title, author’s name(s), credentials, institutional affiliation, phone/fax and email. If more than one author is listed, indicate who is acting as the contact person. Indicate whether a paper, poster, panel or thematic presentation is sought. The second copy of the abstract should include only the title and mode of presentation with no other identifying information.
By submitting an abstract, you also give permission to the AAHN to use the work for educational purposes only. This includes, but is not limited to, inclusion in the conference program, posting to the AAHN website before and/or after the conference, and use of excerpts or themes for conference marketing efforts.
Submission deadline: Abstracts must arrive on or before January 31, 2017. Abstract results will be communicated to all submitters by the end of March 2017.
 
**Individuals are not required to be AAHN members at the time of submitting an abstract, but if accepted, you must join AAHN before registering for and presenting at the meeting.

Call for Papers: Pharmaceuticals Innovation after World War II

Professor Tilli Tansey (QMUL) and Dr Apostolos Zarros (QMUL) are organising a Research Topic / eBook in collaboration with ‘Frontiers in Pharmacology’ (IF = 4.418):

Pharmaceutical innovation after World War II: from rational drug discovery to biopharmaceuticals’.

The twentieth century has witnessed an unprecedented advancement of biomedical sciences, especially in drug discovery and design. After World War II, life-saving pharmaceutical innovation has materialised primarily through systematic research, and has consisted of a series of thematic developments that have been tightly-linked not only to the contemporary technological advances, but also particularly to the contemporary understanding of human physiology and pathophysiology.

This Research Topic aims to delineate and conceptualise pharmaceutical innovation within the twentieth century, with an emphasis on the post-World War II era, and to highlight its roots and pathways throughout that period. From the systematic assessment of botanicals and vital stains to the era of structural biology and computational modelling, authors are invited to contribute to the analysis of the historical and scientific details that have shaped pharmaceutical innovation.

For more information please see the announcement on our website, herehttps://goo.gl/RERwcH  Please note the submission deadline for this Research Topic: Feb 28, 2017.

Calls for Papers: International Conference on ‘Medicine, Literature and Culture in the Early Modern Hispanic World’

Call for Papers: International Conference on ‘Medicine, Literature and Culture in the Early Modern Hispanic World’, University of St Andrews, Scotland, 3-5 July, 2017

Conference Aims: To bring together experts in medicine, literature, history, and related or connected disciplines, including the visual arts, to share research and ideas with a focus on medicine and its role in the Spanish-speaking world in the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries. The aim is also to foster an interdisciplinary approach to answering questions that have arisen in the research focus stated above, and propose future collaborations.

Confirmed plenary speakers: Dr Alexander Samson, University College London; Dr María Luz López-Terrada, I.n.g.e.n.i.o. (CSIC – Universitat Politècnica de València); Prof M. Pierre Civil, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3; Prof Christoph Strosetzki, Universität Münster

To propose a paper: Topics from a wide range of perspectives and disciplines are welcome, provided they maintain their focus on medicine and the Spanish-speaking world in the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries. Papers may be given in English or Spanish. Please send in a 200 word abstract, including title, in Microsoft Word format to Dr Ted Bergman: tb59@standrews.ac.uk. Panel proposals will also be considered. Please be sure to include your name, title, institution and e-mail address in you proposal. The deadline is 15 December, 2016.

Conference website: https://earlymodhispanic.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/

Conference organised by: Dr Ted L L Bergman and Prof María Luisa Lobato. Sponsoring organisations: University of St Andrews, Grupo PROTEO (Universidad de Burgos), CRES (Centre de Recherche sur l’Espagne des XVIe et XVIIe Siècles, Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)