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Nyhetsbrev från Joint Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing

We are very pleased to share with you the last information on the EU Joint Action on Mental Health and Well-being. In the last few months national and European working groups, integrating representatives of governments, scientific organizations, professionals, users, families and other stakeholders, analyzed the situation in Europe in each of the five areas of the JA.

 

Newsletter JAMHWB

 

Nordic Network of Behavioral Medicine’s first meeting

Torsdag den 30 mars hölls historiens första Nordiska Beteendemedicinska Symposiet i Läkarsällskapets lokaler i  Stockholm. I samarbete med Danska, Norska och Finska Beteendemedicinska föreningarna ordnades en stimulerande och uppskattad heldag med temat ”The Impact of the Physical Environment on Lifestyle and Psychophysiology”. Se programmet här.

Under fredagen hölls första mötet där Danska, Finska, Norska och Svenska Beteendemedicinska föreningarna träffades och började lägga grund för framtida Nordiska samarbetet. Givande diskussioner ägde rum och Nordiskt Nätverk för Beteendemedicin (NNBM) bildades (se bild).

 

 

Brev från amerikanska beteendemedicinska presidenten om…storytelling.

President’s Message

Abby C. King, PhD
Abby C. King, PhD

Pride, Prejudice, and the Power of Stories to Enrich our Professional Impact on the World

I have always prided myself on ‘wearing the mantle’ of science as best as I could—through being dispassionate, exacting, and appropriately distanced from the objects of my investigations. Isn’t that what we have been taught from the beginning of our careers, starting, for many of us, in that Psychology 101 class with the term “objectivity”? Of course, those basics of scientific inquiry remain fundamental for building an evidence base that is, as much as we can make it, minimally biased, concise, and trustworthy. And I always believed that if I just conducted strong, “tight” science, the results would speak for themselves, my job as a scientist ending with scientific publication and presentations. Surely that is what my academic institution, colleagues, and, by extension, community members and policy makers seemed to care the most about.

I couldn’t have been more wrong. While, yes, my energies in the areas of publication and grant writing began to pay off, I’ve always had that niggling feeling that presenting the scientific results of the hard-fought grants that we had received just wasn’t enough; there was often no real “impact” beyond the scientific community. Even though my team and I were incredibly excited about what we were discovering through our research, that level of enthusiasm never quite reached the non-scientific audiences to which we presented. Why was it when we presented the results of our latest study showing how local neighborhood environments can impact the health of the entire community, local decision makers nodded politely, but when a resident stood up and told her personal story about something going on in her small neighborhood, the same decision makers were totally engaged?

That’s when the art and principles of storytelling began to creep into my consciousness. Most of us are familiar with the stories that we constantly hear or see that end in a request for money or a purchase of a product. Sure, they pull at our emotional heartstrings, but what would that type of communication have to do with science? Truth be told, my sense of pride around scientific inquiry was accompanied by a bit of prejudice concerning the use of personal anecdotes rather than the data-driven conclusions that are at the core of our scientific training. I think that scientists in general are often most comfortable in communicating about “just the facts, ma’am” (as the major character in the old police series “Dragnet” used to expound). So when Tracy Orleans described the power and promise of telling behavioral medicine’s stories in a compelling way at my first Wisdom Council meeting last April in Washington DC (the Wisdom council being comprised primarily of our past presidents), I was intrigued but, at the same time, a bit skeptical. That skepticism began to change to curiosity when other senior members like Red Williams and Bob Kaplan added their support to the concept of storytelling as a means for creating interest in what we do among the non-scientific community. But, given how incredibly busy and time-pressured all of us are these days, how could I learn a bit more about this storytelling concept and how it could be used in the Society’s growing communication and policy activities?

The answer came in a webinar series by Andy Goodman and colleagues of the Goodman Center that an intrepid group of SBMers (Karen Emmons, Ellen Beckjord, Sherry Pagoto, Amy Stone, and I) participated in this past month. Initial uncertainty on our part turned first to a basic understanding and then a growing appreciation of the power and potential of telling compelling stories about our scientific successes in a way that will grab people’s hearts as well as their minds. We learned what many of us have long suspected—people who tell compelling stories, regardless of their credentials or knowledge in a particular area, are having a greater impact on the choices and behaviors of the public and decision-makers alike than those of us who have actually generated the evidence! This was brought home to us in striking ways when comparing a “facts and figures” narrative head-to-head with the same information presented as a compelling, person-oriented story of obstacles overcome and benefits achieved.

But why would this be so? Apparently because we all carry around stories in our heads concerning how the world works, many of which emanate from the right side of our brain (the emotional, passionate side); and given this, no story that focuses only on the analytic, data-oriented left side of the brain will likely have sufficient impact to change people’s current views. Changing our minds not only requires new or better evidence but new and better stories to displace the old ones. The goal, then, is to speak to both the right and the left sides of the brain in presenting our evidence; in essence, to tell a persuasive story. Notably, as Sherry Pagoto has pointed out, it was often our own passion and caring that led us to study what we do in the first place. But the ways that we have learned to communicate our science can at times get in the way of convincing others to care as much as we do about what we’re discovering about behavior and health. For a recent JAMA publication on the power of storytelling in medicine, see http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/306/18/2022.extract.

I also discovered as part of this initial foray into storytelling that all of us (even those like me who have been a bit shy about straying too far from my “scientific narrative” roots), have compelling scientific stories that can be told in a convincing and engaging fashion; that we already have talented “storytellers” in our midst (see Brad Hesse’s book on “Making Data Talk”); and, finally, that there are different kinds of stories aimed at different aspects of our professional lives. These include our unique “success” stories that highlight our knowledge and contributions; stories that describe the nature of our field’s challenges and the solutions that we seek; and those that embody our collective vision and aspirations for our field (i.e., where we’re headed). These different stories can expand the impacts and reach of our own research as well as the larger activities of SBM and the behavioral medicine field as a whole.

Perhaps the most important thing that I’ve discovered is that compelling stories lurk in even the “driest” of data, if we can open our eyes to the promise of what they mean for people living outside of academia, the true beneficiaries of our hard work. In the coming months we hope to begin to highlight, with specific examples, how the same results can be presented in these two different ways (via the typical narrative vs. story-telling approach). To begin to “mine” the myriad compelling scientific stories currently lying dormant among our members, we aim to begin to explore, as an organization, several different activities. These include harnessing our website, newsletters, and other communication pathways to spotlight our members’ scientific success stories, particularly those with direct or indirect policy implications; providing tips and “how to’s” on compelling storytelling that our members can use in their own work; developing an informational storytelling session for next April’s scientific conference; and fashioning SBM’s scientific stories in effective ways that resonate with local, regional, and national decision-makers.

Why do this? Because it’s becoming increasingly clear that sound evidence is often insufficient on its own to promote action among legislators and other decision makers who are in the “driver’s seat” concerning funding, health policy, and related areas of prime importance to our field. If we don’t engage the public and decision-makers by telling our stories of how our research and interventions matter in people’s lives, who will?

What scientific stories might you have to tell about how the research that you’re doing touched the life of a community member, a patient, an organization, a colleague or a decision maker? Stay tuned to hear more about our collective next steps in this arena!

Best, Abby King

Society of Behavioral Medicine News and Updates:

Society of Behavioral Medicine News and Updates:

1. Inaugural Issue of SBM’s New Journal: Translational, Behavioral Medicine Now Available Online!
2. Registration Now Open for SBM’s 32nd Annual Meeting
3. SBM Prelimary Program for 32nd Annual Meeting Now Available Online
4. Society of Behavioral Medicine Call for 2011 Annual Meeting Student Volunteers
5. Read the Latest NCI Cancer Bulletin – January 11, 2011 Volume 8, No.1
6. Action to Quit and Partnership for Prevention Free Webinar

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1. Inaugural Issue of SBM’s New Journal: Translational, Behavioral Medicine Now Available Online!
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SBM’s new journal – Translational, Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, Research (TBM) – has released 9 articles from its inaugural issue online. The issue’s theme, “Information Technology and Evidence Implementation,” aims to engage, inform and catalyze the discussions needed to improve patient outcomes through strategic investments in health information technology.

Free access to TBM and Annals of Behavioral Medicine, as well as electronic access to three additional behavioral medicine journals is a benefit of SBM membership. To read TBM or the other 4 journals, log into the ”Electronic Access to Journals” web page with your SBM username and password at the following url: https://sbm.execinc.com/edibo/Login?ReturnURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sbm.org%2Fmembers%2Fjournal.asp%3F

By clicking on the journal name, your browser will be redirected to the appropriate journal’s archives. If you have any questions or problems accessing the new TBM content, please contact Alicia Sukup, SBM Program Manager, at or 414-918-3156.

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2. Registration Now Open for SBM’s 32nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions
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Registration is now open for SBM’s 32nd Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions, April 27-30, 2011, in Washington, DC. To take advantage of the Early-Bird discount rate, you must register before March 23, 2011, at http://sbm.org/meeting/2011/registration.asp .

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3. SBM’s 32nd Annual Meeting Preliminary Program Now Available
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Before registering for SBM’s Annual Meeting, be sure to download the Preliminary Program, available at  http://www.sbm.org/meeting/2011/ . The Preliminary Program describes all scheduled Meeting events, including the Pre-Conference Seminars and SIG Courses. Be sure to check the website frequently for Preliminary Program updates.

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4. Society of Behavioral Medicine Call for 2011 Annual Meeting Student Volunteers – Now Open
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The Society of Behavioral Medicine is seeking student volunteers for its 32nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, April 27-30, 2011 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. Visit the Annual Meeting page for more information at  http://www.sbm.org/meeting/2011/ . Please note that submitting an application does not confirm or imply acceptance, and volunteer opportunities are limited.

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5. NCI Cancer Bulletin Available Online: Volume 8, No. 1
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The latest issue of the NCI Cancer Bulletin is now available at http://www.cancer.gov/ncicancerbulletin . Keep up to date on the latest research and advances in the prevention, treatment, and understanding of cancer.

This volume includes a special conversation with Dr. Barry Kramer, editor-in-chief of NCI’s Physician Data Query (PDQ) Screening and Prevention Editorial Board. Check it out by following this link .

In his conversation with Dr. Richard Manrow, Dr. Kramer discusses the controversy and practice behind several types of preventive cancer screenings. He remarks on the postivie and negative outcomes of cancer screening, and suggests two sources of information for patients considering screening: NCI’s PDQ, and the US Preventive Services Task Force.

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6. Partnership for Prevention and Action to Quit Free Webinar: The Role of Hospitals in Tobacco Cessation
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The Role of Hospitals in Tobacco Cessation

Cost: Free, Registration required
Date: Thursday, February 10, 2011
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM EDT | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

Hospitals and other health centers can play a critical role in tobacco cessation. This webinar will discuss the feasibility and benefits of screening all patients for tobacco use and providing treatment as a policy-driven standard practice.

Register at: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/schedule/display.do?udc=wzkcxufz16g

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Medlemsbrev

Medlemsbrevet från den internationella föreningen för beteendemedicin, ISBM, är fylld med intressanta nyheter om den senaste konferensen i Washington (bland annat kommer snart videos av plenarpresentationer på konferensen att finnas tillgängliga online!), om nya styrelsen för ISBM, och brev från den nya presidenten Norito Kawakami samt ”past president” Hege Eriksen, intervju med Graciela Rodriguez från Mexiko om beteendemedicinens utveckling i latinamerika mm. För dig som är yngre forskare samt för dig som är doktorandhandledare finns mycket information om ISBM:s Early Career Network som stödjer och stimulerar yngre forskare i beteendemedicin. Läs och lär här!

Varma hälsningar,

Anne H Berman
Ordförande SBF

Nyheter

Kära medlemmar,

Nya ordförande i internationella föreningen för beteendemedicin (ISBM), prof
Norito Kawakami, MD, skriver om sina planer för den kommande tvåårsperioden
i Presidential Adress dokumentet.

I övrigt letar ISBM efter ny redaktör för den internationella tidskriften
(Search for New Editor dokumentet) och för ansvarig för nomineringskommittén
(Call for nominations comm).

Dessutom flaggar vi redan nu för nästa internationella konferens i
beteendemedicin i Budapest, 29 augusti till 1 september 2012 (ICBM 2012
dokumentet).