Project: Healthcare as a Public Space: Social Integration and Social Diversity in the Context of Access to Healthcare in Europe

Acronym HcPubbs (Reference Number: H2020-SC6-CULT-COOP-2017-one-stage)
Duration 31/05/2019 - 30/10/2022
Project Topic Healthcare, understood as a medical space, is an excellent example of a public space that models the processes of social integration and social equity. In a general sense, healthcare can connect diverse groups of a society under the common idea of health and illness. However, depending on its organization, it can also influence societal segregation of minority groups. Although the issues of minorities’ equality are central to European Institutions, European guidelines are mostly still not observed in the national legal regulations and healthcare practice.Within the scope of the project, the research will focus on the concept of diversity that includes aspects of ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexual orientation both in the general social context of healthcare viewed as a public space, as well as in the specific context of medical institutions conceptualized as public locations. The aim of this project is to generate systematic and in-depth knowledge about how and to what degree the European norms and guidelines concerning diversity are implemented in national legal regulations in Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, and Poland and how they are realized in clinical practice in these countries. The project will study the ethical, cultural, and normative aspects of integration and exclusion within the healthcare sector.Within the research project, guidelines and legal regulations of the European Institutions and their implementation in national laws will be analyzed. Further, the project will evaluate statutes, internal documents, and accreditation charters of hospitals as well as guiding principles and directives on the topic issued by hospital ethics committees. Moreover, during the project, in-depth interviews will be conducted with healthcare managers, professionals, and patients. The interviews will provide crucial information on ethical problems raised by the phenomenon of social diversity in healthcare and how these problems are resolved in everyday practice.
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Call HERA Joint Research Programme “Public Spaces: Culture and Intergration in Europe”

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Ulm University Coordinator Germany
2 University of Ljubljana Partner Slovenia
3 University of Rijeka Partner crotia
4 University of Warsaw Partner Poland