Abstract: Stories have the capacity to move us by evoking strong powerful emotions and unlocking potent insights. The narratives that convey the lived experience in medicine bring a sense of meaning and compassion to the science of the discipline. This article is an introduction in a series that depicts stories in medicine and the influence they have on patient care, medical education and physician well being.
Key Words: narratives, patient care, medical education, physician well being.
The art and science of medicine as seen through a narrative based lens is interwoven in the telling and retelling of the patient and provider's experience.
Narrative based medicine involves honing skills of listening, exploring, deciphering and reflecting in order to understand and improve the humanitarian practice of medicine.
The practice of narrative medicine involves bearing witness and holding space through attentive mindful listening during a clinical encounter.
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Getting into Telemedicine: Information for Physicians
Peter N. McCracken, MD, FRCPC, Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB. Darryl Rolfson, MD, FRCPC, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric
Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.
Even within the Canadian health care system, one which strives to be comprehensive, universal, and accessible, disparities exist for Canadians who are unable to access timely clinical and educational support due to distance. Telemedicine, which bridges distances to allow clinical, educational, and administrative interactions, fits this need like a glove. In 2005, the acceptability of the technology now leaves clinicians, health educators, and health care administrators in a position to assist almost without excuse. To be successful, telehealth requires willing participants, sensible application technology, and a dense network of broadband linkages. Although qualitative research is plentiful, high quality quantitative research into telehealth is still only emerging, as evidenced by the example of telehealth applications in educational and clinical geriatrics.
Key words: telemedicine, telehealth, geriatrics, medical education, research.