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A Time for Listening and CaringSpirituality and the Care of the Chronically Ill and
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Christina M. Puchalski

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195146820

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146820.001.0001

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Caring for Patients at the End of Life: Honoring the Patient's Story

Caring for Patients at the End of Life: Honoring the Patient's Story

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(p.253) 16 Caring for Patients at the End of Life: Honoring the Patient's Story
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A Time for Listening and Caring
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Christina M. Puchalski (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146820.003.0016

This chapter discusses the importance of storytelling and narratives in honoring the patient's story while providing end-of-life care. It explains that an illness narrative portrays signs, symptoms, and treatment aspects as well as various ways of suffering, and that it helps the caregiver to interact effectively with a suffering patient. The chapter discusses the use of stories in the education of caregivers, the teaching of medical students to practice patient narrative, and the role of the caregiver in the narrative.

Keywords:   end of life, storytelling, narratives, caregiver, medical students, patient narrative, illness narrative

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