Speakers – Towards a Person Centered Healthcare and Practice

A CauseHealth conference in memory of Stephen Tyreman


  • Hilary Abbey
  • Rani Lill Anjum
  • Anna Luise Kirkengen
  • Michael Loughlin
  • Steven Vogel


Dr Hilary Abbey

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Hilary Abbey qualified as an osteopath in 1979 and currently works full time at the UCO, where she is Head of Research. She was the Project Leader the Osteopathy, Mindfulness and Acceptance-based Programme (OsteoMAP) for patients with persistent musculoskeletal pain and has a long-standing interest in psychological and social aspects of healthcare. In 2015, Hilary was amongst the first cohort selected for the Osteopathic Leadership Programme, in collaboration with the OU.

She completed a Professional Doctorate involving the integration of psychological acceptance-based and mindfulness interventions into osteopathic practices. This involved a critical analysis of the scope and philosophical premises which underpin biomedical and biopsychosocial models of osteopathic healthcare and a qualitative analysis of patient-centred dialogues about embodied experiences during osteopathic consultations.

Her research interests include relationships between embodiment, touch, awareness and interoception, and the effects and challenges of integrating mindfulness and movement practices with manual therapy for patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain.


Dr Rani Lill Anjum

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Rani Lill Anjum is a researcher of philosophy and leader of NMBU CAPS – Centre for Applied Philosophy of Science. She is the Principal Investigator for the project Causation, Complexity and Evidence in Health Sciences (CauseHealth), financed by FRIPRO, Research Council of Norway. Her specialisation is causation, in particular on the relation between philosophical theory and scientific methodology and practice.

She started her Philosophy undergraduate studies in Tromsø in 1993 and in 1999 was awarded Cand. Philol. degree. She travelled to Simon Fraser University, Vancouver in 2002 and in 2005 defended her dissertation ‘Our Conditional World – A critique of the formal logical approach’ in Tromsø. This work was funded by the Research Council of Norway (NFR) and their FRIPRO funding scheme (for independent basic research within the humanities, FRIHUM).

After this she was awarded a 3 year postdoctoral research grant and spent two years at the University of Nottingham, working with Professor Stephen Mumford on dispositions and causation from 2007 to 2009. This led to the development of collaborative 4-year research project, Causation in Science (CauSci) funded by FRIPRO, which started up at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) in January 2011. Since May 2014, Rani has been working as Research Fellow at HH NMBU.

Most recently, she began a research project into Causation, Complexity and Evidence in Health Sciences (CauseHealth), funded by FRIPRO, which started in the spring 2015 at NMBU.


Dr Anna Luise Kirkengen

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Anna Luise Kirkengen, MD, PhD, Professor Emerita in General Practice General Practice Research Unit, Dept. of Public Health and Nursing, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.and Department of Community Medicine UiT The Arctic University Tromsø, Norway.

For thirty years, she worked as a General Practitioner in the city of Oslo. In 1998, she defended her thesis about the long-term impact of childhood sexual violation on adulthood health at the University of Oslo. Her publications comprise books and articles dealing with the relationships between early adversity and later sickness. The titles of her two English books are “Inscribed Bodies” (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001, now Springer) and “The Lived Experience of Violation” (Zeta Books, 2010).

She leads a phenomenologically oriented, multidisciplinary think-tank and co-authors papers with academics in various disciplines.


Professor Michael Loughlin

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Michael Loughlin is a Professor in Applied Philosophy and co-director of the University of West London’s European Institute for Person-Centred Health and Social Care. He is also an Academic Visitor at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford Medical School.

He has written extensively on the relationship between knowledge, science and value in clinical practice, applying arguments developed in his PhD (on the relationship between epistemology and ethics) and early publications in philosophy to analyses of the nature and role of rationality, evidence, judgement and intuition in medicine and health care.

His early work (including a 2002 book, Ethics, Management and Mythology) raised methodological questions about quality measures, bioethics and the use of evidence in health policy. He has written many articles in academic journals and popular media and addressed international audiences of practitioners and policy-makers on evidence-based practice and person-centred care. He has co-authored policy documents and advised professional groups on the philosophical education of practitioners.

In 2014 he was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the European Society for Person Centered Healthcare and awarded the Senior Vice President’s medal for Excellence, for his foundational work in the Philosophy of Person-Centred Care. He currently chairs the Society’s Special Interest Group in Health Philosophy and is Associate Editor of the Society’s journal, the European Journal for Person-Centered Healthcare.

As Associate Editor of the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice he has edited several special issues on philosophical aspects of health care. He is the editor of Debates in Values-based Practice: Arguments for and Against (Cambridge University Press, 2014). His recent work on medical epistemology has raised questions about scientism and moral realism, defending a humanistic conception of rationality and science in practice.

He was recently appointed Project Director of the Literature Database Programme, at the Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford.


Steven Vogel

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Steven Vogel is Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at the University College of Osteopathy in London. Although currently most of his working time is spent on research and education, he held a clinical post as an osteopath in an NHS primary care setting for over 20 years years and more recently works in private practice.

His main research interests focus on back pain, clinicians’ beliefs and attitudes and more recently, reassurance, communication and consent, safety and manual therapy. Steven has been involved in national policy work relating to back and leg pain having contributed to two NICE clinical guidelines and the development team for the National Clinical Pathway for Back Pain. He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine.


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