Emeritus Professor, MD, PhD, Department of General Medicine, Maison Médicale Cabestany, Plateforme CEPS, University of Montpellier, Montpellier, France
Prof. Gérard Bourrel is a General Practitioner. He attended the semiotics seminar of the Institute of Research in Semiotics Communication and Education of the University of Perpignan in the 1980s. After a Master degree in Public Health and a in Social Science, he obtained a PhD in Information and Communication Sciences on « health complexity » at the University of Montpellier using the phenomenology approach of Charles Sanders Peirce. Professor of General Medicine at the University of Montpellier, he was the director of the Department of General Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine of Montpellier from 2002 to 2015. He is interested in qualitative research of phenomenological type centered on the lived experience. In 2006, he joined the office of the International Francophone Network of Qualitative Research (RIFREQ) and collaborated with the Montreal-based Qualitative Research Association. Since 2015, he is responsible for the Interuniversity Diploma in Qualitative Health Research at the University of Montpellier in collaboration with the University Paris VII. He specializes in verbatim analysis using a phenomenological-pragmatic method derived from the theories of Charles Sanders Peirce. He is member of Plateforme CEPS.