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Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: Patients bleed stories: A narrative approach to decrease the clinical disagreements
Name of author(s): Clara Valverde
Name of publisher: Norte de Salud Mental
Language of the publication: Spanish
Language of the review: English
"The present clinical paradigm in the mental health or medical servicies tends to be focused on “problem-solving” and “results”. This and the fact that the professional often lacks the necessary self-awareness, can lead to an unsatisfactory helping relationships. As an alternative, in this article, we offer a methodology in which, through the use of narrative, the patient can start to define his or her own meanings and to build a new identity. Also through this methodology, the therapist or health professional can understand the patient better and also can understand him or herself, facilitating a more efficient and satisfactory therapeutic relationship."
Reviewer's comments on the document:
The point of this article is to look for a new approach of the attitude of the professionals with regards to the suffering of their patients. The author says that facing the suffering of the patients the doctors and profesionals can build a wall that does not permit to know what are the features of a especific patient.
On the other hand the patients are prone to tell the others what is happening to them, to try to explain... but many times they do it in a disordered way. That is why proffessionals have to develop new strategies to listen to what patients have to say because the patients do not want to be a disabled, or a person with diabetes, or.... but they want to specify their especific suffering. Proffesionals can identify through narrative the consequences of disease in the patients life but also some aspects of suffering and discomfort that are not recognised otherwise.
Where to find it:

NORTE DE SALUD MENTAL nº 34 • 2009 • PAG 75-84


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