Make your experience count.
Important to our association is the collection of patient narratives that document patients' experiences with the health system. Through the collection and articulation of these narratives, we hope to gain a more thorough understanding of the patients' perspective on both current health care services and the criteria that describe patient sensitive care.
NEW: This collection of narratives will feed PAC's new User Guide project. Volunteers will seed the User Guide with your stories and then post corresponding and/or related material. The new material will take the form of a Wiki and will be editable; however, your stories will not be.
We invite you to share your story with us. Please email us your story and we'll post it on the site.
Click here for more information on patient narratives.
Below is a collection of opinions regarding patient narrative:
"Narrative medicine is based upon physicians' awareness of patients' narration of their suffering, their hopes, and how illness has affected them. It offers a model for improving health outcomes."
Excerpts below found in Narrative Based Medicine.
"Most obviously, it connects the teller and the listener. One cannot begin mentally to construct a narrative without immediately (if implicitly) imagining an audience."
In the diagnostic encounter, narratives:
•are the phenomenal form in which patients experience ill health;
•encourage empathy and promote understanding between clinician and patient;
•allow construction of meaning;
•may supply useful analytical clues and categories.
In the therapeutic process, narratives:
•encourage a holistic approach to management;
•are themselves intrinsically therapeutic or palliative;
•may suggest or precipitate additional therapeutic options.
In the education of patients and professionals, narratives:
•are more memorable;
•are grounded in experience;
In research, narratives:
•set a patient-centred agenda;
•challenge received wisdom;
•generate new hypotheses.
Ed. Greenhalgh, Trisha and Hurwitz, Brian. Narrative Based Medicine: Dialogue and Discourse in Clinical Practise. MBJ Books, 1999. (p. 7)
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