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Relationships in general practice

Research focused on relationships in general practice is a broad and complex field, which can be understood from various scientific and academic approaches. The members of the group have diverse backgrounds from a variety of academic disciplines, such as; medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, sociology, psychology, theology, anthropology, ethnology, pedagogy, business communication and health economics.


The group is inspired by the following assumptions obtained from social sciences and humanities:


1.     A human being is an inseparable part of his/her world.  Social relations, communication and community (i.e., family, friends and colleagues) help create and restore society and culture.  


2.     The quality of a human being's relations are a crucial to both his/her well-being and experiencing a meaningful life.


3.     A human being's health and illness interacts with his/her surrounds; therefore, his/her health and illness affect or are affected by social and relational conditions.


Based on the assumptions above, the group focuses on topics such as:


The relationship between citizens and health professionals in general practice, inter-collegiate relationships, medical technology and relationships, person-centered/relational medicine, narrative medicine, the consultation process, communication, empathy, user involvement, professional identity.


The group meets four times a year. At these meetings, a specific topic is presented and discussed.

If you are interested in joining this group, would like further information about this group or have any questions, please contact: Elisabeth Assing Hvidt (

Last Updated 25.03.2020