Towards a Person Centered Healthcare and Practice

A CauseHealth conference on Philosophy, Persons and Value in memory of Stephen Tyreman

Friday 10th May 2019, 9:30am – 5:30pm
University College of Osteopathy, London

Registration fee: £20

This interdisciplinary one day CauseHealth conference aims to bring together philosophers, osteopaths and other clinicians to discuss ways of working collaboratively to promote person-centred approaches in clinical practice. The conference will introduce and discuss some themes from the work of Stephen Tyreman (1952-2018):

  • Nature, experience and purpose
  • Philosophical foundations of person-centred healthcare
  • Patient narrative, values and embodiment
  • Overcoming dualism and reductionism for health and illness
  • Personhood, function, capacities and agency

There will be 3 keynotes in the morning and 3 plenary discussions in the afternoon. To facilitate the discussion, we have invited 4-6 panel members for each part and there will be many breaks for informal discussion. The conference is also the kick-off for the Stephen Tyreman Legacy Working Group, founded to pursue the important work started by Stephen.

Conference program


Conference registration

Please register for the conference via Eventbrite.



This event is sponsored by CauseHealth and the Research Council of Norway
(FRIPRO scheme for Independent Projects).



The University College of Osteopathy and CauseHealth

For questions, please email Maritza Ilich Mauseth at


Stephen Tyreman (1952-2018) was a Professor of Osteopathy and Philosophy at the British School of Osteopathy and the University of Bedfordshire, where he was a programme leader for the professional doctorate in osteopathy. He was also Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Osteopathy in the Norwegian School of Health Sciences, Campus Kristiania, Oslo. His PhD thesis was ‘The Concept of Function in Osteopathy and Conventional Medicine’ in which he argued that human biological function is physiological disposition understood in the context of human values, thereby integrating facts and values together as the foundation for human functioning. More recently he worked on uncertainty as central to understanding person-centred care and also on medically unexplained symptoms, complexity and ecological narratives as alternatives to the biomedical model.


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