The title of Dr. Samuel LeBaron’s article is intriguing enough. The fact that the author quotes three separate poems in a journal called Academic Medicine makes it even more alluring.
One of the most important concepts of my training in storytelling is one of the most overlooked.
The technical term is “The Space Between”. The idea is that one force alone is uninteresting, if not meaningless. It has to act with or against something else to be interesting and meaningful. This is a way of realizing that a story happens not because one person does something, but because a person does something to someone else. The Space Between, then, changes our thinking. Storytelling isn’t based on individuals, but is focused on the literal empty space between characters.
Dr. Moira A. Stewart, writing in the 1995 Canadian Medical Association Journal, writes that although there had been reviews of data exploring the
relation between communication and patient satisfaction,1 which
linked communication with quality of care,2 and others exploring the theory of physician-patient communication or how medical education could incorporate these ideas, none specifically looked at the relationship between communication and health outcomes.
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Do Patients Actually Take Their Medications?
There is a growing drive to move healthcare, specifically the doctor-patient relationship, from a “benevolent paternalism”1, 2 to a system where patient and physician co-create a treatment plan which gives the patient both the best health outcome and the best quality of life.
By most indications, that drive to make patients collaborators in their own care has been superficial at best.3 For example, with regards to medication use, the preferred language has shifted from the right-and-wrong, black-and-white “compliant” towards the gentler connotation of “adherent”. The focus on patient-centered care again moved the language of medication to “concordant”, something agreed upon by both patient and physician.
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