Bringing the doctor inside the care: the use of stories in doctor-patient communication
Andrea Smorti  and Chiara Fioretti 
|Abstract: Narrative-Based Medicine is a recent important area of research and practice which aims to provide theoretical and empirical constructs for medical practice and doctor-patient communication. In health services, medical patient-centred practices are usually built on the needs of patients while taking as much of an individualized perspective as possible, which sometimes involves a great expenditure of time and energy by the health staff and their clients. This paper aims to study the role of patient-physician communication and the current evidence on NBM in light of recent research in cognitive studies about autobiographical memory and narrative. To this end, we will stress the need for a solid and careful connection between medical patient-centred practices and theoretical constructs of narrative theories, proposing a model based on new theories on social development of the autobiographical memory.
Keywords: Narrative-based medicine, memory, patient, doctor, communication, autobiography
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