This blog is an exploration of things narrative that capture my attention and relate to healthcare, social work, ethics, teaching and social science.
My interest is how all of this links to better communication and compassionate care. I’m interested in how narrative helps us understand the experiences of patients, clients and families dealing with illness as well as the experiences of clinicians themselves. In this sense, I believe narrative is a relatively unrecognized, but rich, source of knowledge on the experience of illness, disability and interactions between patients/clients and healthcare providers. Memoirs, poetry, short stories, novels and personal essays all have something to teach us.
Narrative medicine/practice is fundamentally about the interpersonal and intersubjective aspects of our work (and life). I’m interested in exploring here how writing and narrative create space for relational moments in practice — moments which often go unnoticed or are pushed to the margins.