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Centre for Medical Humanities

The Centre for Arts and Humanities in Health and Medicine

CAHHM was a research centre based in Durham University's multidisciplinary School for Health. It was established in 2000 by the Vice Chancellor, Sir Kenneth Calman, with initial support from the Nuffield Trust. The Centre's aim was to pursue interdisciplinary research and educational initiatives that explored and extended the relationship between the humanities, the arts and medical and healthcare practice. CAHHM developed research activities and interests in three main areas: medical humanities, arts in health and health care environments. The Centre had four members and two associate members of staff all from different backgrounds and they worked closely with the Departments of English Studies, Philosophy and Anthropology. Nationally, the Centre was the editorial base for the journal Medical Humanities, as well as being the secretariat for the Association for Medical Humanities. CAHHM staff worked closely on the arts in health and health care environments aspects of their work with the Arts Council, Department of Health and Department of Culture, Media and Sport on the development of policy initiatives in these fields and in workforce development. They also engaged in developing international links in all three of the research fields and staff were invited to Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
CAHHM developed into the Centre for Medical Humanities.