Storytelling in Medicine: How Narrative can Improve Practice

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Colin Robertson, Gareth Clegg
CRC Press, Sep 15, 2016 - Medical - 214 pages

Throughout our lives, story is the medium each of us uses to make sense of our environment and relationships. Stories provide meaning and context, enriching our experiences and equipping us with a framework to navigate our existence.

Storytelling in Medicine is aunique, practical book for healthcare trainees, practitioners and educators that explores the ideas and practice of narrative and storytelling that lie at the very heart of clinical medicine and the patient ‘experience’ of care. It shows how story and narrative can be used effectively to help convey concepts such as prognosis and the effect of illness upon life, and to prepare patients and their relatives for difficult and painful news.

Offering a particular insight into communication by and between healthcare professionals, and how it can be refocused and improved, the book is an invaluable teaching aid for educators working in both small and large formats, and for under- and postgraduate students.


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Colin Robertson, professor of accident and emergency medicine, University of Edinburgh, UK

Gareth Clegg, senior clinical lecturer, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Edinburgh; and consultant in emergency medicine, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, UK

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