Seminar Series: “But why is that better?” by Vikki Entwistle, PhD

Monday, Oct 24, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Should bioethicists pay more attention to healthcare improvement activity? In this seminar Entwistle will share reflections on the plurality and contestability of healthcare quality concepts, illustrate something of the normative complexity of healthcare improvement and outline some areas that could benefit from further practical-ethical development. The presentation draws on recently published and ongoing work funded by a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award led by Professor Alan Cribb and also involving Dr Polly Mitchell. 

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Vikki Entwistle, PhD, is Professor of Health Services Research and Philosophy with academic homes in both the Health Services Research Unit (Institute of Applied Health Sciences) on the University’s Foresterhill campus and Philosophy (School of Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History) on the Old Aberdeen campus. 

Her research and teaching are highly interdisciplinary. Broadly speaking, Entwistle uses philosophy and social research to understand and address concerns about quality, ethics and social justice in health care, public health work and (more recently) funeral provision. She is particularly interested in what are sometimes called person-centred approaches to service provision – you might prefer to talk about the humanity in health and social care provision. She often uses feminist theorising and a capabilities approach to human wellbeing in her work.