Effective care of patients requires a deep understanding of self and patient. Narrative writing is the application of personal reflection, writing, and sharing to explore our own and others life experiences and to understand the impact these experiences have on our thoughts, emotions, actions and interpersonal outcomes – including patient care. Health professionals participating in narrative writing gain a deeper understanding of their own experiences in addition to their patients’ experiences, resulting in a rich appreciation of illness and wellbeing. They also enhance their ability to empathize with and advocate for self and others. This session will describe the process of narrative writing and allow participants to explore personal experiences during these most challenging times of COVID.
- Describe the Concepts and Practice of Narrative Medicine.
- Demonstrate Narrative Medicine Personally.
- Discuss the Benefits of Stories to Promote Well-being among individuals and communities.