British Pain Society Philosophy and Ethics Special Interest Group annual meeting: Language and burnout

July 2 – July 5, 2018

Leicestershire, England

This years meeting has two themes. We will be examining the problems of the language we and our patients use in the interface between us, both as regards the dangers of careless use of language by practitioners and the inadequacy of language for expressing suffering. Our second theme of stress and burnout is unfortunately topical with mounting evidence that this is becoming increasingly prevalent not just in pain medicine but in the health professions generally. These themes overlap in the way the language we use to ourselves can aggravate our problems. This meeting will take place in the beautiful surroundings of Launde Abbey in the heart of the English countryside, and the program designed to maximize the time for discussion.

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