Ageing, lifestyles and health

Changing attitudes towards medical uncertainty in the training of physicians (NOS-HS exploratory workshops)

Even the continuously succeeding breakthroughs in medical science never will be able to take away uncertainty completely in clinical decision making and therapeutic treatments. The risks of an insufficient degree of tolerance of uncertainty are well known and therefore there is general agreement about the need of more attention for it in the curriculum. However, how to realise this ambition is much less clear. Our project addresses this shortcoming, through a strong interdisciplinary approach, yet starting primarily from a historical orientation. Firstly, it explores the history of changing attitudes towards medical uncertainty in the training of physicians from the 1880s. Secondly, we want to study how history of medicine can contribute to a reduction of the intolerance of ambiguity among medical students today.

Contact person: Pieter Dhondt, pieter.dhondt(at)

Geospatial Health in Health Geography

Our research team analyses and optimizes healthcare services, accessibility of care, care paths as well as the outcomes, costs and cost-effectiveness of care, to achieve more cost-efficient service production. Our research is based on data in national social welfare and health care registers and geospatial information. Strategic Research Council funds project IMPRO - Improving the information base and optimizing service solutions to support social welfare and health care reform in 2018-2013. The ‘Siun sote’ joint municipal authority in North Karelia is the pilot region for the project. A PhD study on the effectiveness and education of pharmacy professionals proceeds in the Midwest and the Northwest United States. Geospatial Health is a member of Effectiveness of Social and Health Services Research Community in UEF.

Contact person: Markku Tykkyläinen, markku.tykkylainen(at)