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Caring for Patients at the End of Life: Honoring the Patient's Story

Christina M. Puchalski

in A Time for Listening and Caring

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780195146820
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999866 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146820.003.0016
Caring for Patients at the End of Life: Honoring the Patient's Story

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This chapter discusses the importance of storytelling and narratives in honoring the patient's story while providing end-of-life care. It explains that an illness narrative portrays signs, symptoms, and treatment aspects as well as various ways of suffering, and that it helps the caregiver to interact effectively with a suffering patient. The chapter discusses the use of stories in the education of caregivers, the teaching of medical students to practice patient narrative, and the role of the caregiver in the narrative.

Keywords: end of life; storytelling; narratives; caregiver; medical students; patient narrative; illness narrative

Chapter.  6619 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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