Saturday, 12 November 2011

The Age of Narrative Medicine is here.

This paper published recently in JAMA is an excellent overview on narrative medicine using the publication in the US of prostate cancer screening guidance as an very suitable example. Breast screening would also a very good topical subject for a narrative.
In fact,  in this age of shared care, narrative medicine must be the best way we communicate with patients on any intervention (including screening) or treatment. In this article, the author describes how narratives were used to contradict the evidence - surely it can also be used to reinforce the evidence  - it is the ideal way of communicating with and educating patients (and the press) to counteract the perception of the impersonal nature and tyranny of evidence based medicine and protocols.