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INTERSPECIES ENTANGLEMENT IN CLINICAL END OF LIFE CARE

Project: ResearchUK Charity

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Post-human approaches in social science are destabilising traditional barriers between humans and non-human animals through acknowledging complex interspecies relationships within contemporary society. The concept of 'interspecies entanglement' has recently been used within sociological
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studies of biomedicine and healthcare; illuminating how scientific advancement and the increasing significance of pets within families are creating new spaces for the study of heath.
Previous research has used the veterinary treatment of pets as an empirical space from which to access unique accounts of experiences, frustrations and preferences related to the medical treatment of humans. This proposal seeks to apply the concept of interspecies entanglement to the development of a new stream of social scientific research; utilising the disparities and growing similarities between veterinary and medical healthcare approaches to create a unique and novel environment for end of life care research.
This grant will bring together healthcare professionals from the medical and veterinary settings to share their experiences of 'interspecies entanglement' during end of life care. Sociologists and medical ethicists will explore how such interspecies entanglements offer opportunities to connect existing streams of research and create new interdisciplinary spaces. Regulators will be invited to consider how such research might contribute to future policy discussion .

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The complex relationships between humans and non-human animals in contemporary society are beginning to influence how sociological research is understood and performed, including in the healthcare context.
Recent work has shown that the veterinary treatment of family pets provides a unique and
relevant backdrop for researchers interested in accessing accounts of experiences, frustrations and preferences for the medical treatment of humans. This funding will develop a new stream of research which applies an interspecies approach to the study of end of life care; using the differences and growing similarities between veterinary and medical care approaches to generate unique and novel conversations.
The grant will enable medical and veterinary healthcare professionals to share their experiences of both humans and animals entering into end of life care conversations. Researchers will
explore how the capture of such novel data might develop and connect existing academic research areas and contribute to future policy discussions.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/03/1931/08/19

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