Chapter 6 Presenting the Patient: through a Storytelling, Illness and Medicine Lens

In: The Patient-Doctor Dynamics
Peter Bray
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This chapter analyses thematically 30 different papers given at a conference on storytelling, illness and medicine in March, 2016. Although this conference broadly focused on storytelling in relation to the construction of individual and collective illness narratives, common themes emerged that locate the position of the patient in a number of contexts and from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives. Although this is not an exhaustive picture of the patient, her experiences and challenges, the narratives of both patients and their caregivers, when placed alongside commonly held assumptions and expectations of patient care and relationship, do shed light upon and help to organise ideas being currently discussed by the field. Thus, how we tell the story of the changing identity, role and position of the patient in our global communities enables us to see more clearly what its advantages and limitations might be for all the stakeholders. In offering themselves up for analysis these presentations raise awareness, inform interventions, and suggest the strengthening of collaborative alliances in patient care that can only significantly be brought about when human beings work more respectfully with other human beings.

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