Social Sciences and Humanities Research Congress

International Congress
Marseille, France
12-13 October 2017
Social Sciences and Humanities Research: translating findings into medical practices

Since the 1970s, the field of Evidence Based Medicine has provided a framework for the
transfer and the regulation of biomedical innovations via the publication of national and
international recommendations and guidelines. More recently, the assessment of the
transfer of biomedical research into clinical practice – including research in health
psychology and psycho-social epidemiology – has led to so-called ‘implementation’ or
‘translational research’, two activities for which outcome indicators are still being
defined. The objective of translational research is to improve the transfer of research
findings into medical practices, at both the clinical and public health levels. The
evaluation of different kinds of interventions is one of the key issues, clinical trials being
the gold standard in this respect.

Transferring findings made in the field of Social and Human Sciences (SHS) research to
medicine and wider society is much more complex. While “applied” research in SHS
directly seeks to analyze issues and problems faced by health professionals, the primary
aim of “fundamental” SHS research is to enrich SHS knowledge and its theoretical
frameworks. The impact of this latter kind of research on medical or social practices is
neither direct nor immediate. Its results, however, could be useful to a variety of actors in
the healthcare domain (professionals, patients, caregivers, patients associations, policy
makers…), provided that they can have access to these findings and appropriate them.
The aim of this international conference is to initiate a multi and interdisciplinary
discussion, involving various actors, on the use and utility of social science research for
and by health professionals, broadly defined. Drawing on examples from completed and
ongoing research projects, we will explore the issue of “translation” and
“implementation” of SHS research findings to the field of medicine and health by
analyzing how and under what conditions these findings are mobilized, translated, and
used by various actors. The objective is to contribute to a better understanding of the
processes involved in the communication and dissemination of knowledge in the social
sciences, as well as how this knowledge is actually used by healthcare practitioners. How
to translate research findings beyond scientific publications? What additional scientific
and media communication initiatives should be taken? What is the role of researchers and
other research professionals in these processes? What about patients associations? Which
possible role for communication specialists?

Thematic sessions:
• Session 1: Research on health communication: translating results into clinical practice.
Papers focusing on doctor/patient communication in oncology, or more specifically on
shared decision-making or health literacy will be welcome. Particular interest will be
given to papers focusing on patients’ access to interventions and on the implementation of
interventions in the routine care. Papers addressing the communication of Social and
Human Science data to patients and among healthcare providers will also be welcome.
• Session 2: Collecting cancer patient-reported psychosocial outcomes: impact on medical
practices and social policies. Papers on the impact of collecting psychosocial data in
either routine practice or surveys will be welcome, whether they focus on patients’
perceived health, their satisfaction and concerns, or their living conditions, for example.
• Session 3: How the knowledge produced by research in medical anthropology in the
field of cancer can contribute to medical practices. Priority will be given to papers
focusing on the logics (cognitive, cultural, social and economic) behind patients and
health professionals’ behaviors regarding issues such as the use of drugs, the monitoring
of patients’ treatment, therapeutic education, and patients’ access to care and screening.
• Session 4: How can research in health sociology provides insight into biomedical
innovation processes in the field of cancer, or contribute to the development and
management of these processes ? Papers may address any innovation-related issues as
long as they refer to the general theme of the symposium, for example: responsible
innovation; exchange and knowledge transfer; organizational innovation and translational
research; clinical trials and participation of patients; governance and regulation.

Call for abstracts

The official language of the conference is English, apart from the round table discussion,
which will be held in French.

Communications – having 15-minute time slots – will be presented at 4 thematic sessions
Proposals consisting of a title and a short abstract (2000 signs including references and
spaces) should be submitted here:

Important dates

Submission deadline: 30 May 2017
Acceptance notifications: 1 July 2017

Info on the conference and on submission



Participation is free but registration is mandatory.


Pascale Bourret:
Aline Sarradon-Eck:

5th April 2017