Can literary reading and writing improve pharmacists’ medication counselling? A feasibility study of pharmacists’ efforts to achieve competence in narrative medicine.

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Background:Narrative medicine is an innovative approach where empathetic skills are nurtured throughclosereading ofliterary texts and creative writing. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of a course in narrative medicine for pharmacists.Methods: A 2-day course of narrative medicine was offered to community and hospital pharmacists. Feasibility was assessed using focus group interviews, participant observation, and a questionnaire. Pharmacists’ self-reported level of empathy was also assessed.Results:Eight pharmacists participated in the course. They found participation acceptable, even though some of the sessions required a personal investment far from their routines. The pharmacists were generally satisfied with the course and found it helpful in their daily patient communication. There was no significant change in the pharmacists’ level of empathy. Conclusion:A course in narrative medicine has the potential to improve pharmacist communication with patients but needs further testing, including patient-reported outcomes.
TidsskriftPharmacy Education
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)744-760
Antal sider17
StatusUdgivet - 30. aug. 2022


  • narrativ medicin, uddannelse af farmaceuter