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Please use the brochure below to view the ICCH 2018 conference programme and use the links provided in the brochure for extra details. Please click here to view the full list of scheduled presentations.

Please note the schedule is subject to change prior to the conference

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Please note the below schedule is subject to change prior to the conference. 


Pre-conference workshops are an optional extra. To book a course, please choose the course at the time of registering. If you have already registered for the conference, you may log into your record and add a course.

Experiential Communication Skills Teaching:
What to teach – Skills, Structure and How to Analyse an Observed Interaction
Friday 31 August 2018 9:00am – 4:00pm & Saturday 1 September 2018 9:00am – 2:30pm GMT+1

Communication skills for public engagement
Via the production of research, and patient education and didactic podcasts
Saturday 1 September 2018 9:00am – 2:30pm GMT+1

Managing conflict in healthcare relationships
Saturday 1 September 2018 9:00am – 2:30pm GMT+1

Why and How to conduct a Realist review?
Applying a new method of systematic review in research and policy-making
Saturday 1 September 2018 9:00am – 2:30pm GMT+1

Visual design in health communication research – why, when, how
Saturday 1 September 2018 9:00am – 2:30pm GMT+1

Training clinicians to communicate mindfully: a workshop on deep listening, shared mind and presence
Saturday 1 September 2018 8:30am – 2:30pm GMT+1



17:00 – 18:30  Plenary: How to assess communication and other complex skills? The assessment literature in transition [Cees van der Vleuten, Professor of Education and Director of the School of Health Professors Education, Maastricht University, NL]
18:45 – 20:00  Welcome Drinks Reception
18:45 – 20:00  Poster session 1


08:30 – 10:00 Plenary: Re-thinking communication with the seriously ill [Ronald Epstein, MD, Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry & Oncology and Director of the Center for Communication and Disparities Research, University of Rochester Medical Center, US]
10:00 – 10:30 Refreshment break
10:30 – 12:00  Parallel Session 1
12:00 – 13:30  Lunch
13:30 – 15:00  Session 2: Networking Mercado
15:00 – 15:30 Refreshment break
15:30 – 17:00  Parallel Session 3
17:15 – 18:15  Poster Session 2


08:30 – 10:00  Plenary: In pursuit of ‘patient engagement’: challenges, barriers and breakthroughs [Meg Gaines, Director of the Center for Patient Partnerships and Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin, US]
10:00 – 10:30  Refreshment break
10:30 – 12:00  Parallel Session 4
12:00 – 13:30  Lunch
12:30 – 13:30  Roundtable Discussions
13:30 – 15:00  Parallel Session 5
15:00 – 15:30  Refreshment break
15:30 – 17:00  Parallel Session 6
19:30 – 23:00 Conference Dinner – Pallácio da Bolsa, Rua de Ferreira Borges, 4050-253 Porto, Portugal


08:30 – 10:00 Plenary: Realistic medicine – changing culture and practice in the delivery of health and social care [Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, UK]
10:00 – 10:30  Refreshment break
10:30 – 12:00  Parallel Session 7
12:00 – 12:30  Refreshment break
12:30 – 14:00  Parallel Session 8
14:00 – 14:30  Refreshment break
14:30 – 15:00  Closing Plenary


Conference Dinner

This year’s conference dinner will be held in the historical Palácio da Bolsa.

Located in the historic centre of Porto, the Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace) is the city’s crowning jewel and a World Heritage site. The interior of the Palácio, was magnificently decorated by several artists.

We welcome all conference delegates to attend a welcome drink, followed by dinner in this splendid venue.

We are delighted to announce that the conference dinner is included in the price of the conference and therefore open to all conference delegates to attend. We look forward to welcoming you all to this splendid venue!