Narrative medicine. A model for empathy, reflection, profession, and trust

Title

Narrative medicine. A model for empathy, reflection, profession, and trust

Creator

Charon R

Publisher

Journal Of The American Medical Association

Date

2001

Subject

Physicians; Qualitative Research; Health; methods; medicine; narrative

Description

The effective practice of medicine requires narrative competence, that is, the ability to acknowledge, absorb, interpret, and act on the stories and plights of others. Medicine practiced with narrative competence, called narrative medicine, is proposed as a model for humane and effective medical practice. Adopting methods such as close reading of literature and reflective writing allows narrative medicine to examine and illuminate 4 of medicine's central narrative situations: physician and patient, physician and self, physician and colleagues, and physicians and society. With narrative competence, physicians can reach and join their patients in illness, recognize their own personal journeys through medicine, acknowledge kinship with and duties toward other health care professionals, and inaugurate consequential discourse with the public about health care. By bridging the divides that separate physicians from patients, themselves, colleagues, and society, narrative medicine offers fresh opportunities for respectful, empathic, and nourishing medical care.
2001

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

1897-1902

Issue

15

Volume

286

Citation

Charon R, “Narrative medicine. A model for empathy, reflection, profession, and trust,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed June 26, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/12348.

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