Rx Narrative: Story As Medicine #dotmed14
On Wednesday, December 10 at 1pm ET, Marie Ennis-O’Connor (@JBBC) hosts #hcsmca on narrative, medicine, and social media. Topics include:
- T1 What role does story play in medicine?
- T2 How has social media changed the way we share our illness stories?
- T3 What is the future of storytelling in healthcare?
“Story becomes the ground that patients and healthcare professionals travel together.” @JBaruchMD
Read the Dec 10-14 hcsmca transcript.
Last Friday I had the great pleasure of presenting at DotMED The Creative Medicine Conference, on the role of story in medicine. I spoke about how healthcare is at heart a narrative activity and how attending to the stories of illness can become a bridge to build empathy and compassion in healthcare. Below is a slide-deck of my talk and I’ve highlighted some key points. As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic.
Why Stories Matter
Stories have existed in our culture from the beginning of time; they transcend time, culture, and place. As my fellow conference speaker, Dr Louise Aronson has said, we use stories to derive meaning from experience and to pass along knowledge, values, and wisdom.
Recent breakthroughs in neuroscience reveal that your brain is in fact hardwired to respond to story. Your brain on story is different from your brain when it is receiving…
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