The research arm of EACH (rEACH) is encouraging its members to create Special Interest Groups to generate a clear focus for members who wish to push forward and develop an important area of research related to communication and healthcare.

More information and role description can be found here.

We would like to invite members to propose Special Interest Groups to be affiliated within EACH. To do this please would your Group complete the rEACH SIG Application Form (see link below). This is a short form that will be reviewed by rEACH for a decision to enable the SIG to have a place within the rEACH website, to advertise activities and invite EACH Members to sign up to the SIG. This is new development for rEACH and we hope that members will take advantage of the new capabilities offered by the EACH website to enhance communication between the membership. It is our intention to supply a blog space and also eventually some representation within rEACH. It is our intention to announce these new features during the course of the year.
Gerry Humphris
rEACH Chair

This is the process of application:

Download the form and complete with your proposed set of SIG Officers.  Send your completed form to the Chair (currently Gerry Humphris).

You will get a decision from the rEACH Committee in one calendar month.  The decision will be one of four categories:

  1. Support the SIG, and request for the SIG to have space on the EACH website
  2. rEACH Committee seeks clarification with further detail or reassurance, with a view of acceptance in the medium term (3 months)
  3. Decline with suggestions for resubmission in the longer term (12 months)
  4. Decline

Below are descriptions of our traditional SIG and proposals for additional SIGs that may evolve, be encouraged and managed by rEACH.

In the near future rEACH will produce a ‘SIG pack’ to down load to encourage new members of EACH to design new interest groups. SIGs would be allocated web page space within the rEACH website with various functions: blog space, list of members, activity announcements etc.

Medical Education Research Network

This natural link between tEACH and rEACH focuses on research activity associated with communication skills training in educational settings, typically medical, nursing and other professional health provider schools.

This cross over SIG supports the philosophy and aims of EACH. Current activity includes the development of the questionnaire to explore the needs and resources of communication skills teachers in European countries, with an initial pilot on undergraduate medical education.

Other potential SIGs

rEACH is very interested in bringing together groups in any area.

We exclude groups based on profession, geography or language as this is not in keeping with the multi-professional, multi-disciplinary, multi-country ethos of EACH and does not promote boundary-less working.

Possible areas for example might be:

  • Physiological and neurological
  • Methodological innovation
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Child and adolescent communication

If you are interested in taking a SIG forward in these or any other areas, please contact rEACH


VR-CoDES – Network of Sequence Analysis

VR-CoDES – Network of Sequence Analysis

This is a highly successful group which focuses on developing coding and analysis of health care communication with the aim of further understanding what constitutes successful communication in health care. The VNSA has held 12 annual meetings held in Verona, has developed and published the very successful VR-CoDES, and oversees training associated with the VR-CoDES its highly successful interview coding system.

Psychophysiological research in EACH

Psychophysiological research in EACH

The overarching objective of this Special Interest Group is to increase our understanding of how patient-provider communication leads to desired patient-outcomes, by expanding our focus in research to include psychophysiological responses. Because of the novelty of this approach and the specific expertise required, interdisciplinary and international collaboration is highly warranted.

Communication In oral healthcare

Communication In oral healthcare

Effective communication skills are fundamental to good clinical practice. Understanding the basic principles of effective communication should be an essential requirement for oral healthcare providers. As there is limited communication research conducted in the domain of oral healthcare, investigating what components contribute to a successful communication between the oral healthcare providers and patients will not only enable us to enhance the provider-patient trusting relationship, reducing misunderstandings and complaints, and improving patient satisfaction and compliance, but also inform patient disease prevention and therefore enhance oral health outcomes. Thus, we intend to establish a special interest group in communication research in oral healthcare within EACH.

Language and cultural discordance in healthcare communication

Language and cultural discordance in healthcare communication

Multiculturalism and multilingualism have become the norm across Europe. Language and cultural discordance between healthcare providers and users challenges clinical communication, reducing quality in everyday healthcare provision and thus patient outcomes. Research has repeatedly shown that working with interpreters is the optimal approach, however doing it effectively requires training, both for clinicians and medical interpreters. Unfortunately, professional training and practice guidelines lack a sufficient empirical base linking theory and practice. Furthermore, the superdiversity that Europe faces creates new challenges, necessitating research based on current practice. We are a group of social researchers, clinical educationists, clinicians and professional interpreters, who share the same interest in interdisciplinary and interprofessional approaches to studying and training language and cultural discordance in healthcare communication. As cultural and linguistic diversity evolves in modern societies, interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration is the way to solving constant emerging academic and clinical challenges in medicine and healthcare. Drawing on a wide range of expertise the team members represent, we propose to establish this SIG, which is best situated in the EACH community, to foster and support such an approach and drive towards enhancing knowledge, improving healthcare outcomes and influencing policy making.



Based upon the success of these early career research groups, rEACH established the yEACH network and early career researchers were selected to leadership positions in the yEACH committee to oversee this network


If you would like to contact EACH or discuss any information please feel free to get in touch