Dear Socnetters,


Please consider submitting your abstract to the Session “Social Networks in Healthcare” at the 3rd European Conference on Social Networks (EUSN) taking place at Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz (Germany), September 26-29, 2017.


Session Description

Networks are growing in importance within healthcare systems around the globe. Despite their considerable diversity, national health care systems are all encouraging coordination, communication, cooperation and diffusion of best practices in healthcare in an attempt to improve outcomes and reduce costs. Against traditional hierarchical models of leadership, networks are increasingly emerging as a new approach to innovation, change, and quality improvement of health services by combining knowledge, and resources. However, empirical evidence demonstrating the impact of networks in healthcare is still weak. On one hand, there is scant knowledge about the broader ecology of network forms existing in healthcare, ranging from formal and often bureaucratic network to informal, self-managed models. On the other hand, gaps exist in terms of how networks work to improve patient, organizational and system-level outcomes.


The purpose of this session is to share ideas and encourage discussion about the structure, dynamics, and consequences of networks in healthcare from a theoretical, analytical and empirical perspective. The session Social Networks in Healthcare encourages a wide range of proposals using multiple sources of data at different levels (including intra- and inter-organizational levels) and diverse methodological approaches. 


Abstract Submission

Please submit you abstract (500 words max) via the conference system CONVERIA ( and indicate the name of the session: “Social Networks in Healthcare”. The deadline for submitting your abstract is March 31, 2017.


The conference website provides additional information on the conference:



We very much look forward to your submissions!


Best regards,


Francesca, Liz and David


Session Organizers

Francesca Pallotti – University of Greenwich (UK); Email: [log in to unmask]

Elisabeth West – University of Greenwich (UK); Email: [log in to unmask]

David Barron – University of Oxford (UK); Email: [log in to unmask]



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