Compassion and responsibility in healthcare

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What is the significance of personal responsibility for thinking about health and disease? What can be learnt from philosophical, religious and theological traditions concerning responsibility's relationship to compassion in determining answers to this question?



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Personalised healthcare involves a shift in the patient-clinician relationship to more active patient involvement in healthcare decision-making. As healthcare costs soar and the vital importance of disease prevention becomes clearer, there is similarly an increasing expectation that individuals must play a role in maintaining and protecting their own health. Join Professor Joshua Hordern, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at University of Oxford, as he explores how we should approach the issue of personal responsibility for health, and how this might affect what compassion means in healthcare - looking at it through the lens of philosopy and theology.

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Close to one hundred industry representatives, lawyers, researchers, clinicians and policymakers came together at PHG Foundation’s sold out conference, Personalised healthcare: making the most of genomics. Recap on the highlights here.

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Healthcare is on the cusp of an exciting new future, but health systems must move quickly to meet these challenges and exploit the opportunities ahead. The series highlights the key areas where science and technology could transform disease prevention and care, examine barriers to implementation, and explore the policy implications of biomedical and digital innovations for health. 

The Life Sciences & Society series is an initiative of the PHG Foundation, in partnership with Cambridge University Health Partners and Hughes Hall.