Call for papers on the philosophy of risk and safety in medicine


The aim of this issue is to advance the understanding of risk and safety in medicine, from a philosophical, conceptual or methodological perspective, with focus on patient safety. We invite papers that fall under this broad category. Examples of relevant topics include:

  • Philosophical foundations of risk and safety, e.g.:
    • How should we understand concepts such as risk and safety?
    • How does risk relate to theories of probability?
  • The tension between public health and clinical perspective in safety issues (population versus individual patient)
  • Quantitative and qualitative approaches to patient risk and safety
  • Approaches to evidence evaluation and evidence amalgamation
  • Learning from historical perspectives and previous cases of harm
  • How are patient participation and perspectives relevant for securing safety and reducing harm
  • Reflections on the equality and quality of care
  • Patterns of scientific discovery for safety issues (including serendipity and accidental discoveries)

In writing their contributions, authors should keep in mind that they write for an interdisciplinary audience. The papers should be between 3000 and 7500 words, excluding abstract and references, and be sent to Deadline for submission is 1 May 2020.

Published 29. November 2019 - 9:26 - Updated 29. November 2019 - 9:29