Jeanette Bresson Ladegaard Knox (Denmark)

Jeanette Bresson Ladegaard Knox (Denmark) - PhD, Associate Professor at the Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, she is a board member of the Clinical Ethics Committee for Pediatrics, University Hospital of Copenhagen and member of the Steering Committee for the Nordic Network for Narratives in Medicine, former Vice-President of the Danish Association of Clinical Ethics (2012-2018), former President of the Danish Association for Philosophical Practice (2011-2018).

Philosophical practice in medicine: Illness as a Gateway to Self-Care and Self-knowledge (Panel Discussion)

Presentation Language: English

Illness can leave a significant mark on individuals and launch a fundamental upheaval of existence that creates a disconnect to self and a weariness about life direction. This is certainly true of many cancer survivors and people suffering from mental conditions. The traditional psycho-social-medical way of addressing their situation, or most others with an illness story, is unsatisfactory as it does not seem to entirely meet their needs, leaving them with a sense of invisibility and in despair. For a segment of these people existential and moral questions are posed again and again as they simultaneously deal with effects such as sensory impairments, neuropathic pain, lymphedema or stigma, social isolation and discrimination. The panel discussion draws on the panelists' work with philosophy and healthcare to show how peoples' experiences with serious illness can inform patient care programs and how philosophy as a way of life can play a crucial role in these programs.