Amsterdam Public Health

Good care from an empirical-ethical perspective

Quality of care stretches beyond procedures and technical expertise, and also includes reflection on normative persuasions and value-laden issues that arise in concrete situations. Quality is not just an outcome to be assessed or evaluated, but is also a dynamic learning process among various stakeholders, including professionals, patients and family.

In the Department of Medical Humanities this quality improvement and learning process is stimulated via dialogues about ethical issues. Empirical-ethical research designs are used to integrate empirical research among stakeholders with ethical analyses, and to actively use the input of experiential, scientific and professional knowledge. Responsive and interactive methodologies and moral deliberation methods that engage stakeholders in the research process are used besides theoretical reflection to respond to ethical questions. These approaches have their common basis in dialogical ethics and pragmatic hermeneutics. 

The Department of Medical Humanities is part of Amsterdam Public Health, and is participating in the following programs: Aging and Later Life, Social Health and Participation, Personalized Medicine, Quality of Care.
We are represented in different committees by three colleagues; Minne Bakker in the Scientific Committee and Marianne van elteren and Wieke van der Borg in the Committee of Quality of Education.