Healthcare Communications in the Middle East




Due to the ongoing challenges posed by the Coronavirus outbreak it has been decided to postpone the Healthcare Communications in the Middle East 2020 Conference until further notice. With regret, this means that the event planned for March 27, 2020 will not be going ahead. We aim to reschedule the conference to take place in late fall 2020 or spring 2021. The organizers will be in contact with all prospective attendees with a new date for the event as soon as possible. 

WCM-Q apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

The two day healthcare communications event in Doha, Qatar in March 27-28, 2020 will focus on training, research, and policy. This event is endorsed by the International Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH), Europe’s largest healthcare communications organization partnered with the U.S. Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH). Support is also provided from Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar. The meeting will bring together international and regional experts to share best practices and recent research, and to discuss communication policies and standards. Participants will have the opportunity to attend a choice of six training workshops on priority topics for the region. The second day of the conference will consist of invited research paper presentations, panel discussions, and a keynote speech.

As the health ecosystems of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region mature towards international best practices, the role of effective communication in improving patient outcomes, promoting healthy behaviors, training empathetic healthcare workers, and increasing health literacy has received increasing attention from national ministers of health, hospital systems, and medical colleges. Additionally, the increasingly multi-cultural makeup of the Gulf nations necessitates attention to effective clinical communication skills.

There is very recent and urgent interest in healthcare communication in the region since an increasing number of residency programs and hospitals are now U.S.-accredited or internationally affiliated, and thus must rapidly meet international standards in healthcare provision, including communications standards. Delegates from Europe and the U.S. will have the opportunity to discuss healthcare communication challenges with local delegates and the meeting will hopefully forge international collaborative relationships among different regions of the world. The experiences of Muslim-majority health systems in delivering religiously sensitive health care, and the emerging field of Islamic medical ethics, will be of great interest to western partners.


The following workshops will be open to registration shortly. Participants may choose up to 2 workshops (included in the conference fee). The workshop day is Friday, March 27, 2020 at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar. A light dinner is provided.

Breaking Bad News Workshop

Ambika Anand , Tripiti Sinha, Sheyma Al Romaihi

Communication with Colleagues for Improved Team Working

Elaine Bramhall, Claire Green

Cultural Competence in Healthcare Workshop

Maha Elnashar, Huda Abdelrahim

Conceptualizing, Measuring and Promoting Health Literacy in the MENA Region

Marta Fadda

Technology and Healthcare Communications

Brynja Ingadottir and Alan Weber

Teaching and Learning Communication Skills in Arabic Speaking Countries

Abdul-Salam S. Sultan, Katherine Miles, Aiman Al Sharei

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