OCHER 2024 abstract submission and registration

The annual OCHER research workshop on clinical communication is now open for abstract submission and registration.  The workshop aims to allow researchers to present their projects at any stage from idea/concept to final analyses. We think of the workshop as a cradle for projects and a connection point particularly for young researchers who want to meet others interested in this vital field of inquiry. All accepted abstracts will be presented in 30 minutes parallel sessions slots, whereof 10 minutes are to be used for presentation and 20 minutes for discussion.

The workshop is in principle open to everyone doing research on clinical communication. However, the maximum number of participants is 60. Previous participants and researchers who they invite to the 2024 workshop will be given priority if the number of registrations exceed 60.

Deadlines, important information, and links to abstract submission and registration

Abstracts are due September 20. Notice of acceptance will be given October 4. Deadline for registration is October 11. Based on information provided at registration, invoices will be sent to the participant or his/her employer. Payment must be received by November 17.

Important notice: The registration fee does not cover accommodation/meals, which you are expected to pay directly to the hotel when present at the event. This means that the organizer Akershus University Hospital carries a risk if you make a late cancellation of your participation/stay. Hence, we cannot promise a refund of the registration fee if you cancel later than December 1, 2023.

Here are the links to abstract submission and registration. Welcome!

OCHER 2024 keynote speakers announcement

The annual research workshop on clinical communication, OCHER 2024, will be held at Thon Hotel Arena January 10-12. This time OCHER features three keynote speakers; Rebecca Barnes, Paul K J Han, and Lorraine Noble.  They will cover conversation analytic perspectives on general practice, verbal signaling behaviours, and uncertainty’s impact on doctor-patient communication.

Rebecca Barnes, associate professor at the University of Oxford

Her talks will be on:

  • The management of primary health care in interaction: A retrospective
  • Applying Conversation Analysis: Practical steps towards making an impact on healthcare

Lorraine Noble, professor at the University College London and also the current president of EACH International Association on Communication in Healthcare

Her talks will be on:

  • Examining power by counting doctors’ verbal markers of structure
  • Exploring whether doctors mean what they say

Paul K J Han, senior scientist at the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, USA

His talks will be on:

  • The nature and management of medical uncertainty
  • Understanding medical uncertainty: the importance of language and a linguistic approach

Please spread this information. Information about abstract submission and registration will soon appear on this website, and will also be distributed to former participants in this annual workshop.

Pål Gulbrandsen to present at rEACH webinar on connectivity and communication

The research group of EACH International Association on Communication in Healthcare (www.each.international), has initiated a webinar series on connectivity for researchers in the field. April 21, the presenter will be OCHER lead Pål Gulbrandsen. The title is “It’s all about curiosity and trying to understand”, and he will describe how medical training de-learnt his curiosity for people, and how clinical practice resurrected it. The link to the webinar and registration here.

Publication list updated Feb 6, 2023

We added about 70 new publications to our list since August 9, 2021.

Important dates for OCHER 2024

OCHER 2024 will be held at Thon Hotel Arena in Lillestrøm, Norway January 10-12, 2024. Note the following important dates:

Abstract deadline: September 20, 2023. Notification of accept: October 4, 2023. Registration deadline: October 13, 2023. This year we will use an online registration form.

We hope to be able to announce plenary speakers by May 1.

Jennifer Gerwing to present at rEACH webinar

At January 31st at 5 PM Central European Time, Jennifer Gerwing is to present her talk “Appreciating the role of relationships in research” at the rEACH Connectivity Webinar Series. rEACH is the research group of the EACH International Association for Communication in Healthcare. A flyer for the talk:  Flyer_Jennifer-Gerwing January 31 2023. There is a link to the registration form also.

All time high for OCHER 2023 – detailed program available

After two years of cancellations because of the pandemic, this 10th OCHER research workshop on clinical communication has attracted almost 60 participants from eight countries. The program is tighter than ever, but we keep the normal scheduling – two parallel sessions with 30 min slots (10 min presentations + 20 min Q/A and discussions. Plenary speakers Sandra van Dulmen and Sarah Bigi (author of the book Communication (with) Care) will give two lectures each. We will also have a plenary workshop led by Gregory Makoul.

The full program (PDF document) is updated January 6th and is now available. Note that the venue has changed to Thon Hotel Arena in Lillestrøm as our normal venue hosts Ukrainian refugees.

OCHER 2023 has attracted almost 40 abstracts

The 10th OCHER research workshop on clinical communication has been cancelled two years in a row due to the pandemic. This seems to have boosted interest in the workshop, at least regarding the number of submitted abstracts, which we have received from seven countries. We are happy to see that several clinical and non-clinical types of research are represented. The deadline is now overdue, and all authors should have received notification of accept.  Some of the presenters have been placed in plenary sessions.

Please note that you need to register. In the letter of acceptance you will have received the registration form as an attachment. The deadline is October 5, so please do not hesitate to register. After registration, your institution or you will receive an invoice, depending on your information in the registration form. Please note that we need exact information of how many will attend because of the capacity of the hotel.

Any inquiry about further procedures should be addressed to pal.gulbrandsen@medisin.uio.no.

OCHER 2023 deadlines

We are now preparing OCHER 2023 which will be held January 11-13, 2023 at its usual venue Thon Hotel Triaden, Norway. Keynote speakers will be Sandra van Dulmen and Sarah Bigi.

Please note these deadlines: Abstract – September 15. Accept will be decided by September 30. Registration deadline October 3. Maximum number of participants – 60.

Further information will be published soon.

Attend ICCH 2022 in Glasgow early September – or online if you like!

ICCH is the most important event in clinical communication research and teaching annually. For those who cannot travel to Glasgow, there is an online program which will feature 2 parallel streams with unique oral and workshop sessions. It will further allow viewing registrations of the keynotes and of a selection of in-person oral sessions (including an innovation – a debate!). There will be a live Q&A with each of the keynote speakers, and online networking sessions. Moreover, all posters of the conference can be viewed online and live poster pitches will be offered. All in-person attendees have access to the online program, and registrations of sessions will remain available until 2 weeks after the conference. The final in-person and online programs will be finalized in the coming two weeks. The latest version of the programs can be found here.

The early-bird rate is still available until July 22. All OCHER participants and everyone else interested in what goes on in clinical communication research should attend. Registration here.