“I’m sure that there is something healing in the writing process”

Creative Writing Workshops for People with a Cancer Disease

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Resumé

The University of Southern Denmark has introduced a mandatory course in Narrative Medicine into the curriculum of undergraduate medical students. It is part of a trajectory called ‘Human First’, which aims to improve the students’ empathic abilities by teaching them narrative competencies to draw on in their future clinical encounters as medical doctors. Although, theoretical accounts seem to make a strong case for the utility and value of educational interventions, such as courses in narrative medicine or medical humanities, there has been a lack of empirical studies providing evidence to support such accounts – especially those focusing on the long-term effects and impact on patient care. Our systematic literature search and review of empirical studies regarding the effects of teaching close reading of fictional texts and creative writing to medical and health care students, tentatively confirmed previous indications of positive effects. Larger, multi-site and more rigorous studies that assess the long-term impacts of these educational interventions and adjust for local variations are, however, still in short supply. Finally, we present critical reflections on whether empathy and similar phenomena are at all measurable and discuss the possibility of meaningfully evaluating the utility of curricular interventions such as narrative medicine courses.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftTidsskrift for Forskning i Sygdom og Samfund
Vol/bind16
Udgave nummer31
Sider (fra-til)167-185
ISSN1604-3405
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 31. okt. 2019

Fingeraftryk

cancer
Disease
narrative
medicine
Teaching
empathy
patient care
Denmark
medical care
medical student
indication
student
health care
supply
curriculum
lack
ability
evidence
Values

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