Times Articles–Your Response?

Two articles in today’s New York Times cry out for a response from nurses.

“Doctor Shortage Likely to Worsen with Health Law” mentions the word “nurse” once but fails to discuss the role of the APRN http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/29/health/policy/too-few-doctors-in-many-us-communities.html

“What Can Mississippi Learn from Iran” begins with an extended anecdote of a visiting nurse in Mississippi’s HealthConnect (modeled after the primary care system developed by Iran in the 1980s) http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/29/magazine/what-can-mississippis-health-care-system-learn-from-iran.html

Keep in mind that, if you decide to respond, your response must be timely; the on-line comment board closes after a few days, and letters must be submitted within a week.

Comments can be submitted on each article’s page.

Submit a letter here: http://www.nytimes.com/content/help/site/editorial/letters/letters.html

Submit a longer op-ed here: http://www.nytimes.com/content/help/site/editorial/op-ed/op-ed.html


CFP: 3rd Global Conference: The Patient

3rd Global Conference: The Patient, Saturday 16th March – Monday 18th March 2013, Lisbon, Portugal

Call for Proposals: A significant focus for this interdisciplinary project is an annual conference which provides valuable opportunities for participants to become involved in, perhaps, the first of many thoughtful, unique, and creative dialogues with one another. In this engaging and responsive forum presenters are encouraged to share their discipline with enthusiasm and to foster new working relationships through the exploration, examination and discussion of their work with colleagues.

Through its research and publications, and from a number of health and therapeutic care perspectives, this project began by characterising the patient as a liminal figure in an unstable landscape. As a result conference participants have begun discussions that explore the positioning of patients, families and institutions, helping professionals and clinicians, the nature of practice and the significance of theory in terms of: quality of care; professional and personal expectations; reluctance and resistance; institutional and individual needs; and, the value and role of education.

In this next stage of the project we would like to warmly encourage participants to consider the patient in terms of collaborative therapeutic relationships – to site the patient in a place of care where she might be defined by the quality and strength of her relationships rather than her liminality. In addition, this project invites a critical examination of those therapeutic approaches, roles, skills, and conditions of relationship that make agency possible, establish collaboration, and assist in mutually helpful outcomes.

Often the practice of these approaches is narrowly defined in terms of the curative benefits to the patient or client. However, this conference will add to the scope of previous discussions by capturing and examining the myriad roles that relationships play in effectively assisting individual patients and client groups toward the achievement of their therapeutic goals.

Presentations, papers, workshops, presentations and pre-formed panels are all invited on any of the following themes:

  • The patient/helper relationship – theory and practice: past; present; and, future;
  • Re-visioning patient experience through a humanist lens;
  • On the ground – therapeutic relationships from patients’, helpers’, and organisational perspectives;
  • Identifying and supporting patients’ relational needs in different settings;
  • Projects that assist patients to help themselves;
  • Patient-centred education and training;
  • Key philosophical, ethical, and legal issues in the organisation and management of patient and helper relationships across the lifespan;
  • Cultural perceptions of relationship in patient care;
  • Changing states – from person to patient – accounts of experience and representations from literature, the arts, film, and the digital media;
  • Preserving and nurturing relationships in a therapeutic setting – case studies, personal accounts, and institutional facts;
  • The present and future roles of new global technologies in patient care.

Please note that presentations that deal with related themes will also be considered.

It is our aim that a number of these interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary dialogues will be ongoing and that they will ultimately develop into a series of related cross context research project. It is also anticipated that these will support and encourage the establishment of useful collaborative networks, and the creation, presentation, and publication of original research. Through such richness and diversity it is expected that a body of knowledge and expertise will be established that serves both individuals and organisations.

What to Send: 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 30 November 2012. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 18th January 2013. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords.

E-mails should be entitled: THE PATIENT 3 Abstract Submission. Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). Please note that a Book of Abstracts is planned for the end of the year. All accepted abstracts will be included in this publication. We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs: Peter Bray: pbray@eit.ac.nz  and Rob Fisher: patient3@inter-disciplinary.net  

The conference is part of the Persons series of ongoing research and publications projects conferences, run within the Probing the Boundaries domain which aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore innovative and challenging routes of intellectual and academic exploration. For further details of the conference, please visit: http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/probing-the-boundaries/persons/the-patient/call-for-papers/ 

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

CFP: Interactive Systems, Health Care


Co-located with the American Medical Informatics Association’s Fall Symposium http://www.amia.org/amia2012

November 3-4, 2012 Chicago, Illinois, USA

Workshop website: http://wish2012workshop.wordpress.com

Health Information Technology (HIT) researchers and practitioners are increasingly focusing on the design of interactive systems, human factors, and human-computer interaction in response to the growing emphasis on the adoption and impact HIT. Despite this progress, there exists a largely untapped potential to create deeper and more profound connections among the biomedical, informatics, human-computer interaction, human factors, medical sociology and anthropology communities that would lead to the development of new methods, approaches, and techniques for removing the barriers to HIT adoption.

To address this limitation, the Association of Computing and Machinery (ACM) conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’2010) hosted a Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare 2010 (WISH 2010, http://www.chi2010.org/wish/ ). In 2011, the American Medical Informatics Association hosted the second WISH at their Annual Fall Symposium. The workshops attracted over 100 participants from a variety of disciplines, institutions, and experience levels (from undergraduate researchers to world-renowned experts). The workshops included a combination of invited panels, keynote presentations and research presentations, discussing the most pressing issues in the design, development, and evaluation of HIT and the impact of the new research on commercial HIT systems.

Building on the success of the last two workshops and to continue to build bridges between the ACM SIGCHI and Medical Informatics communities, WISH 2012 will be co-located with the American Medical Informatics’ (AMIA) annual Fall Symposium in Chicago, Illinois, on November 3-4, 2012. The workshop will be a part of the pre-AMIA program. For WISH 2012, we aim to work towards a joint deliverable that can inform the course of future research endeavors between ACM SIGCHI and AMIA, thus we will have a 1.5 day workshop that will include invited talks and panels, breakout sessions, and peer-reviewed poster sessions. This format will provide participants ample time to network, discuss ideas, and work together to define a WISH-oriented research agenda.

SUBMISSIONS: For WISH 2012, we are accepting two types of submissions: interactive posters and panels. Interactive posters provide researchers with the opportunity to briefly present their work during a minute madness session and then spend time discussing their work with attendees during a poster session. Panels can be proposed for any topic related to the design, development, deployment, and analysis of any interactive system in healthcare in academia, industry, or public policy. Both interactive posters and panels should be submitted as two-page (maximum length) papers in the AMIA submission format: https://www.amia.org/amia2012/proposals

Interactive poster submission should include:

  • A concise description of the idea(s)
  • Results, findings or theoretical discussion
  • The implications of the work to the interdisciplinary community who may be present
  • Recommendations for further investigation

Panels should be limited to four panelists and a moderator. Panels will have 1 hour including time for audience questions. Submissions should include:

  • A summary about the panel and the panel aims.
  • A discussion of what issues will be discussed during the panel and information about what each panelists will be presenting (if applicable)
  • A brief overview of how the panel will work to provide an idea about how panelist presentations will be mixed with interactivity
  • A statement about the relevance of the panel to the WISH community
  • A bio for the moderator and each panelist

Accepted submissions will be published in the WISH 2012 proceedings. Authors retain all copyright. We encourage preliminary ideas, design sketches, experimental results, policy and theoretical contributions, works in progress, and any other health and interactive systems related content. The goal of the workshop is to foster discussion, encourage broad ideas, and bring together a wide interdisciplinary audience. Full literature reviews are not expected, although relevant citations should be included. The paper and abstract, as submitted for review, will be regarded as the final publication-ready version of your submission. Therefore, the abstract and paper submission must be clearly written, carefully proofread and correctly formatted.


  • August 10: Poster and panels submissions due
  • Early September: Notification

HOW TO SUBMIT: Please submit your poster, panel, or mentoring program submission via the WISH 2012 EasyChair submission site: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wish2012

Once an author has created an account and logged into EasyChair,click the “Submissions” tab, click the “Add a submission” link on the upper right. Complete the submission instructions and then click the “submit” button at the end of the form. If you have questions or need further information, please email us: wish2012workshop@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago at WISH.

Wanda Pratt, Ph.D. University of Washington, Co-Chair

Katie Siek, Ph.D. University of Colorado Boulder, Co-Chair

Andrea Hartzler, Ph.D. University of Washington, Workshop Organizer

Sussman: Cultivating the Daily Writing Habit

The evidence base shows that a daily writing habit, even for as few as 30 minutes each day, makes you a more productive writer than does waiting to write until you have long uninterrupted periods of time.

Ellen Sussman, writing for the creative writing magazine Poets & Writers (Nov./Dec. 2011), offers guidance on developing “A Writer’s Daily Habit: Four Steps to Higher Productivity”:

  1. Pre-writing prep (in her case, five or ten minutes of meditation)
  2. Blocking the Internet (a major distraction and time waster)
  3. The Unit System (breaking down writing tasks into manageable units, e.g. blocks of time, at the end of which she moves on to the next task)
  4. Daily writing (just do it, making an appointment with yourself to ensure that you do)

The article is only available in the print version of the magazine.

Theresa Brown: “The July Effect” (NY Times)

New York Times nurse-columnist Theresa Brown (a former professor of English!): “The July Effect brings into sharp relief a reality of hospital care: care is becoming more specialized, and nurses, who sometimes have years of experience, often know more than the greenest physicians. We know about medicating dying patients for pain, but we know a lot of other things, too: appropriate dosages for all kinds of drugs,… when transfusions and electrolyte replacements are needed, which lab tests to order and how to order them, whether consulting another specialist is a good idea, whether a patient needs to go to intensive care because his vital signs are worryingly unstable.”


IHE: Productivity and Recharging

Blogging for Inside Higher Education, Brenda Bethman in  “Summer: A Time for Productivity and Recharging” suggests ways that academic writers can both recharge and be more productive during the summer.

Sticking to a schedule is the hardest thing, but Bethman reports on successful strategies used by faculty.

She also reminds us of the beneficial value of recharging intellectual and emotional batteries. Taking time out for play has many benefits (including making us more creative).

CFS: Community-based Arts, Health (UNESCO Observatory)

Call for Submissions: International perspectives on the development of research-guided practice in community-based arts in health

UNESCO Observatory

Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Early Learning Centre. The University of Melbourne Refereed E-Journal, Multi-disciplinary Research in the Arts.


Guest Editors: Mike White, Senior Research Fellow for Arts in Health, Centre for Medical Humanities and St. Chad’s College, Durham University, UK; board member, National Alliance for Arts, Health & Wellbeing UK; author Arts Development in Community Health: a social tonic. Professor Sarah Atkinson, Department of Geography, Fellow of Wolfson Research Institute and Director of Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University, UK. Margret Meagher, Executive Director, Arts & Health Australia; Adjunct Senior Lecturer / Research Academic, College of Fine Arts, University of NSW; Distinguished Fellow, Society for the Arts in Healthcare, U.S.A.

Health has become a recurrent topic in discussion of the role of the arts in society, fuelled by a growing body of research into links between culture and flourishing. In community arts in particular there has been a widespread development of projects addressing health issues. This is a distinct area of activity operating mainly outside of acute healthcare settings and is characterised by the use of participatory arts to promote health. There are indications that this work is developing in response to health needs of communities in differing cultures and healthcare systems around the world, but so far there is little mutual knowledge or connection of the work at an international level.

This issue of the e-journal aims to draw together well-researched case studies of community-based arts in health projects from different parts of the globe. Each case study should explain the motivation for the work undertaken and its sensitivity to context and cultural diversity, the partnership structures and ethos developed in its delivery, and the research methodologies used. Submissions are particularly invited that reflect multidisciplinary knowledge of the application of arts development to health and flourishing communities from the perspectives of applied arts, public health, anthropology, social geography, education and other disciplines.

The Guest Editors would also welcome submissions that demonstrate effective international collaborations in community-based arts in health with consideration of the values, principles and research frameworks that inform the work.

Researchers and practitioners wishing to propose papers to this issue should submit an abstract of up to 300 words directly to Guest Editor, Margret Meagher by Friday, August 31st, 2012. The editors will make a selection of around twelve papers which have the potential to form a coherent issue on this theme and contact the authors in mid-September. Full papers should be submitted to Naomi Berman Associate Editor naomi.berman@gmail.com and cc Margaret Meagher margret@artsandhealth.org  by 31st October 2012 for publication by the end of December 2012.