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Aleksandra Stańczyk
Language: English
Country: Poland
Typology: health care professionals
Patients after mastectomy surgery between the age of 40-70 years old staying in the hospital. About 50-60% of them haven’t done annually the control check-up that is breast ultrasound or mammography. While about 70-80% don’t do the self-examination of the breast because they don’t know how to do it. Majority of the patients understand the term diet as loosing weight. Narrative medicine is a kind of promotion of health and it can be used in many ways achieving positive relations with a patient. While working with a patient it is important to find some time to talk to him/her about how to live a pro-health life style, for example to have a healthy diet, do sport, do outdoor activities. We should also teach the patients how to do the breast self-examination and persuade them to do annual control check-up. We nurses should as well actively listen to a patient and find the time for conversation. Narrative medicine is a very helpful tool in the health care because the carer can understand the person as a whole not only judging by the illness.

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