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Storytelling: Where Compassion is Born

Storytelling: Where Compassion is Born

Editor’s note: In this excerpt from her latest book, Ducks in a Row, Canadian-based author, Sue Robins explains the power of storytelling for everybody invested in health care—patients and clinicians alike.  A well-told story, Robins explains, has the ability to...
Dr. Danny Sands: Participatory Medicine Can Cure Many Ills

Dr. Danny Sands: Participatory Medicine Can Cure Many Ills

Embracing shared decision making in medicine will improve patient outcomes, reduce costs, increase health equity, and even help alleviate clinician burnout, Danny Sands, MD, co-founder of the Society for Participatory Medicine, said in a recent podcast interview. Erin...
How Reception Areas can Open Doors to Better Health

How Reception Areas can Open Doors to Better Health

Editor’s note: Moyez Jiwa, MD, founder of The Journal of Health Design, and The Health Design Podcast, believes that we can improve outcomes for patients as soon as  today by simply paying attention to the small details that needlessly undermine those outcomes. In...
Getting “unstuck” after a life-changing medical diagnosis

Getting “unstuck” after a life-changing medical diagnosis

Editor’s note: Annie Brewster, MD, founder of Health Story Collaborative, and a friend to the Society for Participatory Medicine, has just published “The Healing Power of Storytelling: Using Personal Narrative to Navigate Illness, Trauma, and Loss.” In this excerpt...
Linnea Olson: An Appreciation of a Giant

Linnea Olson: An Appreciation of a Giant

Pioneers of medical progress are lauded in published articles and by their professional peers. But it is often the patient advocates, particularly those who demanded better treatment, spearheaded clinical trial advances, and bravely took on institutions and standards...

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