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Conversation Analysis & Clinical Encounters Meeting (#CACE2019) - Programme now available

21 June 2019

The programme for the 7th International Meeting on Conversation Analysis & Clinical Encounters (#CACE2019) is available now. This three-day international meeting will be held at Engineers’ House in Bristol on 8-10 July.

Download the CACE 2019 programme (PDF, 326kB).

There are important reasons for researching communication in health care settings. We can assess quality of patient care, explore links between communication and patient outcomes, and understand the real impacts of policy, organisational and technological changes. 

The aim of CACE conferences is to share up-to-date research findings and methodological innovations in the application of conversation analytic (CA) methods to the investigation of health care communication, and to consider how we can best ensure that our research is meaningful for health professionals, patients and communications trainers.

There is a strong focus at the meeting this year on primary care, antibiotic prescribing and end-of-life care.

Anyone with an interest in or curious about our work is welcome to attend.

You can register here for the whole three days or the final day only. 

Each day of the meeting will begin with plenary talks and then showcase applied CA research. There will be opportunities to experience or participate in small group data sessions led by researchers. On the final day we will be holding a panel discussion on the challenges of training health care professionals to change their communication behaviours. 

The third day of CACE conference will focus on how our work in CA can connect with the interests and experiences of clinicians, aiming to foster productive interchanges between CA researchers and healthcare practitioners.

We are delighted to announce that the plenary speakers for CACE 2019 are:

  • John Heritage, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

Dr Rebecca Barnes, Senior Research Fellow in Applied Conversation Analysis at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care and organiser of the conference, with Dr Jemima Dooley and Dr Joseph Webb, said: “CACE conferences have evolved a certain ‘style’. They are relatively small and numbers are capped. This makes it easy to discuss papers and take part in data sessions and group discussions, giving participants the opportunity to work with and explore data from a wide variety of health care settings. There’s a real emphasis on participation, interchange, sharing research ideas and findings – as much of a ‘hands on’ approach as is possible within the constraints of such a meeting.”

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