About project EPIC


New research project 

The Universities of Bristol, Nottingham, and Birmingham have been awarded a major £2.6 million Wellcome Discovery Grant for a six-year project which will use philosophical expertise to help bring patient voices into healthcare research and practice.

The concept of epistemic injustice (EI) in healthcare identifies epistemically unjust ways of conceiving of illness, treating ill persons and allocating healthcare. This application to healthcare, initiated by Carel and Kidd, has inaugurated a new research area with its own significant and growing literature. However, much work remains to be done. There are understudied forms of EI in healthcare; there is a need for a detailed empirical study of EI cases in healthcare and for empirical testing and validation of the concept; there is little research on how EI could be ameliorated; and the conceptual resources of EI need to be integrated into wider discourses about healthcare.

Epistemic Injustice in Health Care (EPIC) is a bold six-year research project which will address these issues. EPIC will create a step-change in EI research by addressing these four problems. The project will fill lacunae in existing EI theory; test the validity of the concept via six case studies of EI in ill health; develop strategies of amelioration; and introduce academic and clinical researchers and patient groups to EI to develop its theoretical and practical possibilities. EPIC will offer a new healthcare paradigm that will benefit patients, increase health equality and improve healthcare.

The project core team is led by Professor Havi Carel (Philosophy, University of Bristol) and includes:

Social media

The project will have a website as well as this blog, and we will share information on social media with the hashtag #projectEPIC. We have a Facebook page too.

Here are some press releases on EPIC: "Major study will use philosophical expertise to highlight patient voices in healthcare research and practice."

Please also see the project featured on the Daily Nous.
For general queries about the project, please contact the project manager, Charlotte Withers