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Health Discourse

The OU’s Health Discourse research group brings together researchers and practitioners from disciplines across the university with expertise in applied linguistics, narrative studies, psychology, sociology, computing, medical humanities, and health and social care. The group is an informal research hub that fosters collaboration across different disciplines in the following areas:

  • The language of wellbeing and illness, including illness narratives
  • Communication between different groups (patients, informal carers, healthcare professionals)
  • The communication of public health issues in the media and social media
  • Diversity in the experiences and attitudes to health, illness(es), and healthcare
  • Multilingualism and multiculturalism in healthcare encounters
  • Translation & interpreting in healthcare outcomes
  • The impact of technologies on healthcare interactions
  • The contribution of fiction and literature to public perceptions of illnesses
  • Expert discourses on health, with special focus on COVID-19
  • Histories of pandemics


If you are interested in being a part of the Health Discourse SIG please email where further details will be provided.