A scientist, professor, teacher, mentor, visionary, team leader, mother, daughter, sister
...and human being.

Welcome to my personal website! I am a professor of health communication who is interested in the conceptual and empirical intersections between human fallibility, interpersonal communication science and healthcare.

Two key questions that motivate my research are:

1.   To what extent can safer interpersonal interaction in the healthcare setting improve the quality and safety of care in measurable ways?

2.   How can we improve the communication of providers, patients and care companions at the frontline of care to enhance healthcare quality and patient safety in sustainable ways?

My research examines the effects of human fallibility on health and well-being. Humans err, and such errors have the potential to harm others. My investigations measure the ways in which errors compromise our health, well-being, and relationships, and how "safe communication" (Hannawa et al., 2017) and competent disclosure may alleviate such effects. Furthermore, I investigate to what extent interpersonal communication processes -- the sense-making activities that happen between us -- can function as a mechanism for error reduction and constitute the pathway to more consistent and reliable care.

On this website, you will find more detailed information about my scholarly profile, my research, my recent publications, my forthcoming books and articles, my SACCIA Safe Communication construct. You can learn more about my university-based Center for the Advancement of Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety (CAHQS) and ISCOME, a global competence center that emerged out of the past decade of my interdisciplinary research on medical errors and patient safety. You can also follow my Blog, read news about my activities or see me at one of my upcoming events.

Science is about collaborating minds, so please share your thoughts and ideas!

Annegret F. Hannawa, Ph.D.