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The Resuscitative Power of Stories: The Importance of Narrative Medicine in Training, Practice and Patient Centered Health Systems—Part 1


Dr. Zahra Bardai BSc MD CCFP (COE) MHSc FCFP 200hRYT,

Lecturer, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Staff Physician, Brock CHC Primary Health Care Program, Cannington ON.


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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