1:10 - 2:40 pmThursday, September 24
Deck B
Teaching the Rx narrative: story as medicine
Deck B
Teaching the Rx narrative: story as medicine
Medicine X ePatient Scholar
Medicine is at heart a narrative activity–the telling and receiving of story. The patient interview is based on the notion that the patient, as story-teller, will share his or her experience, and that... Read more

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Medicine is at heart a narrative activity–the telling and receiving of story. The patient interview is based on the notion that the patient, as story-teller, will share his or her experience, and that the doctor, as active listener, will be able to take that story and make sense of it in the world of science and medicine.

Health care is supposed to build on the story with each contact, but if we don’t know the story, each contact becomes a closed episode of its own, disconnected from every other episode. Fragmentation results as the outcome of a nonstoried approach to health care.

In this workshop, we will explore how the ancient art of storytelling can foster an empathetic healthcare model and generate a framework for a more holistic approach to treating the patient, while at the same time providing a rich source of diagnostic clues.

Narrative medicine represents a storied understanding of health. It’s a return to listening to the patient’s story. Doctors who are trained to listen to the story of the disease need to learn to listen also to the story of the illness. We’ll explore how to incorporate narrative medicine and storytelling into medical education

Marie Ennis-O'Connor is an award-winning health blogger and international conference speaker with a passionate interest in the role of social media in healthcare.

Stanford Medicine X ePatient scholar, Marie is regularly invited to speak at international conferences on the ePatient movement. She has extensive experience of working with healthcare practitioners and patient advocates and is interested in how both can engage and learn from each other at the level of social media.

A keynote speaker on digital media strategy, Marie co-founded #BCCEU, Europe's first breast cancer social media chat and is a founding member of Health2.0 Dublin, part of the Health2.0 international movement.

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