25. Januar 2024
Online Lecture with Nuria Rossell in the Frameworks of EASA Medical Anthropology Seminar Series 2023–2024
Embarking on a transformave journey from clinical care as a psychologist for children with cancer to delving into medical anthropology and qualitative research has been a profound experience for me. In this talk, I’ll share the process of stepping away from a mastered expertise and returning with a fresh lens that not only enriched my existing knowledge but also paved the way for new perspecves and goals. My exploration through the lens of medical anthropology revealed the crucial role of sociocultural aspects embedded in the daily experiences of clinical care and parent engagement. Delving into topics like abandonment of treatment, parent engagement, systematization of care and follow-up, survivorship, teamwork, nursing, and burnout, I’ve found intricate connections within this mulfaceted field. As an example of my experience merging my clinical knowledge with research insights, I will share with you my thoughts and understandings about abandonment of treatment and paentengagement. The absorbing position of listening to the perspecves of parents, families, and health care staff has not only enriched my professional life but also contributed to personal growth.
Nuria Rossell, PhD is a pediatric psycho-oncologist/medical anthropologist with long clinicalexperience working with children with cancer and their families in El Salvador and is now dedicated toresearch the psychosocial dimensions of healthcare, the complexity of perspecves in the clinicalseng, and the challenges these pose to clinical staff, paents, and families. Delivery of internaonalworkshops and presentaons regarding muldisciplinary teamwork, nursing and burnout, andabandonment of treatment are among her acvies.Her most recent collaborave research projects address paents, parents, and survivors’ experiencesand engagement in the trajectory of cancer treatment in Lan America. Publicaons from this researchaddress parents’ strategies to engage in their child’s cancer treatment, the role of foundaons and peergroups for childhood cancer survivors in the lack of transion processes to adult long-term follow-up,and the survivors’ unresolved feelings of grief over the loss of peers during treatment. Working withFundación Nuestros Hijos, from Chile, Nuria coordinated a unique project helping childhood cancerorganizaons in Lan America to improve their organizaonal and professional capacies. She is nowinvolved in research with survivors of childhood cancer in seven Lan American countries to proposeholisc models of care for adolescents and young adults with cancer in the region. Nuria has been anacve member of the Internaonal Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP) Global Health Network co-chairing the Abandonment of Treatment Working Group, and the Psychosocial Aspects Working Group.
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