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Helen Kohlen Helen Kohlen

Professor Doctor - Philosophical and Theological University of Vallendar

Helen Kohlen, is a sociologist with a background in health care science, political science and pedagogics. She investigates into the transformation of care practices in the field of medicine and nursing and does empirical work in clinical ethics and palliative care. She holds a chair for Care Policy and Ethics at the Philosophical-Theological University of Vallendar in Germany and is Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta, Edmonton (CAN).

Currently she is leading a research project on Cultural Diversity and Conflicts in Health Care, (TONGUE: funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the international journal Nursing Ethics and the German Journal of Medical Ethics. She is also an active member of the German Foundation of Patient Safety and the Research Committee of the German Hospice- and Palliative Care Association. For her research on Hospital Ethics Committees (Conflicts of Care, Campus 2009) she was awarded by the Foundation of Ethics, Medicine and Science. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Bremen, Germany.

Selected Publications

Kohlen, Helen (2018): Evaluation for Moving Ethics in Health Care Services towards Democratic Care. A Three Pillars Model: Education, Companionship and Open Space. In: Visse, Merel/Abma, Tineke (Ed.): Evaluation for a Caring Society. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, INC., 143-159.

Kubota, Hiroko; Kohlen, Helen; Clandinin, D. Jean; Caine, Vera (2018): Recognizing the Body as Being Political: Considering Arendt’s Concepts in the Context of Homelessness in Japan. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 1-19.                                

Kohlen, Helen (2016): Sterben als Regelungsbedarf, Palliative Care und die Sorge um das Ganze. Ethik in der Medizin, 2016, 28(1), 1-4.

Kohlen, Helen Dialogisches Realisieren und Reorientieren – Pflegerische Entscheidungsfindungsprozesse und Aktivitäten am Lebensende auf der Intensivstation im internationalen Vergleich. In: Pflege 06/2015, 329-338.

Gallagher, A; Bousso, R.; McCarthy, J.; Kohlen, H.; Andrews, T. et al.: Negotiated reorienting: A grounded theory of nurses’ end-of-life decision-making in the intensive care unit. In: International Journal of Nursing Studies 52/2015, 794-803.

Kohlen, Helen (2015): Troubling practices of control: re-visiting Hannah Arendt’s ideas of human action as praxis of the unpredictable. In: Nursing Philosophy 16, 161-166.

Olthius, Gert;  Kohlen, Helen; Heier, Jorma (2014): Moral Boundaries Redrawn. The significance of Joan Tronto’s Argument for Political Theory, Professional Ethics, and Care as Practice. Leuven: Peeters Publishers.

Kohlen, Helen (2014): If Ethics in Psychiatry is the Answer - What was the Question.
Exploring Social Space and the Role of Clinical Chaplaincy. Aporia Vol. 6, 5-15.

Kohlen, Helen (2017): Caring about Care in the Hospital Arena and Nurses’ Voices in Hospital Ethics Committees. Three Decades of Experiences. In: Krause, Franzsika; Bold, Joachim (Eds.): Care in Healthcare. Reflections on theory and practice. London: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 237-265.