EACH Forum on Healthcare Communication

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The EACH Forum on Healthcare Communication (formerly the EACH Summer Event) provides an excellent opportunity for the community of healthcare researchers, educators & practitioners to retreat for a period of intensive interactive learning with colleagues from around the world.

The event is structured as a series of high-quality, HALF-DAY WORKSHOPS which will not only share knowledge but, importantly, provide new & practical skills. Also on offer are 2 inspirational plenaries & great opportunities for collaboration & networking which include a welcome drinks reception, event dinner and POSTER EXHIBITION with ORAL PITCHES.

This year, we are delighted to offer a Research workshop by Dr Orit Karnieli-Miller (Tel Aviv University, Israel) on Breaking Bad News: Exploring the Benefit of Triangulating Between Different Tools and Methods; a Teaching workshop by Professor Edvin Schei (University of Bergen, Norway) on Close Encounters with the Sick: A Method for Facilitating Human Connection; and a Policy & Practice workshop by Professor Kathryn Pollak (Duke Cancer Institute, USA) on Coaching to Help Clinicians Improve Their Communication.

We look forward to seeing you there!


rEACH Summer School

The rEACH Summer School will take place alongside the EACH Forum. The Summer School provides a unique opportunity for 12 early-career researchers in the field of healthcare communication to expand their research skills and develop their current research projects. The purpose of the Summer School is to enable less experienced researchers to spend several days, in convivial surroundings, improving their research projects through interactive discussions with each other and with experienced academics.

We are delighted to announce the following facilitators will be present throughout the Summer School to ensure quality mentoring as well as a connection with the early-career network of EACH, yEACH:

  • Ellen M.A. Smets, Professor of Medical Communication, Amsterdam UMC/University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Hanne C. Lie, Associate Professor, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Kasey R. Boehmer, Assistant Professor of Health Services Research, Mayo Clinic, America (Junior Facilitator)


16 – 18 September 2019


The EACH Forum on Healthcare Communication 2019 will be held at:

Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden
60 Breestraat
2311 CS Leiden
The Netherlands

Planning Committee

Arwen Pieterse – Co-Chair of the Planning Committee & Chair of the EACH Research Committee: rEACH
Alexia Papageourgiou – Co-Chair of the Planning Committee & representative of rEACH
Sara Rubinelli – EACH President & representative of the EACH Policy & Practice Committee: pEACH
Sandra Winterburn – Co-Chair of the EACH Teaching Committee: tEACH
Jane Ege Moeller – Representative of tEACH
Lode Verreyen – Chair of the EACH Networking Committee
Kasey Boehmer – Representative of the EACH Early Career Committee: yEACH
Nicola Diviani – National Representative of Switzerland
Julia Amann – Chair of the rEACH Summer School
Fiona Whitelock – SAS Event Management