Open Notes

Charlotte Blease PhD, is a Keane OpenNotes Scholar at the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School where she has been based since 2017. A former Fulbright Scholar, Charlotte is originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and obtained her Ph.D. in philosophy of science and mind from Queen’s University in 2008. Charlotte has held teaching and research appointments at universities in the UK, Ireland, and Germany.

Charlotte is the author of over 80 peer reviewed papers and book chapters spanning philosophical and ethical aspects of healthcare including medical internet research, open notes, and professional ethics. Currently she researches the relational benefits of note sharing, including in mental health contexts but her wider research interests are diverse. Charlotte has researched and published on conceptual, methodological, and ethical issues pertaining to placebo studies and in 2014 was the co-founder of the international Society for Interdisciplinary Placebo Studies (‘SIPS’).

She is passionate about patient-centered care, and public understanding of healthcare, and in 2012 was winner of the UK-wide BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Thinkers competition. In Ireland, she has led the teaching of philosophy in schools – both in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Her endeavors in promoting philosophy outside the academy have been recognized by the President of Ireland and in the UK by the Philosophy for Children charity SAPERE to which she was appointed a Patron in 2016.

Charlotte Blease

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