Narrative medicine and narrative practice: partners in the creation of meaning

Most courses in narrative medicine, including the well-known Masters at Columbia University in New York, focus on the study of literary texts and other artistic works. By contrast, trainings for applying narrative ideas and skills in medical encounters, including ‘Conversations Inviting Change,’ concentrate on how health professionals and patients interact in the process of telling stories, listening to them and responding. In a new article in the ‘Lancet,’ John Launer and Anita Wohlmann argue for a partnership between the two different kinds of approach. You can read their article free by clicking here.