The Power of Narrative in Healthcare: Exercises-Related-to-Storytelling

The follow exercises were pulled together during the development of the workshop, Everyone has a story: The power of narrative in healthcare. These are exercises you can use within your own teams to practice the application of storytelling to your work.

When known the author of the exercise is noted.
They are organized into icebreakers (takes <30 minutes) and activities.

Narrative in Medicine: A Bibliography | April 2017

The following list of references were compiled during the development of the workshop titled, Everyone has a Story: The Power of Narrative in Healthcare.

Learning to Listen, New York Times, December 29,2009

Narrative-Based Medicine: Potential, Pitfalls and Practice. V. Kalitzkus et al. The Permanente Journal, 2009 Winter, 13(1): 80-86

Designing and delivering facilitated storytelling interventions for chronic disease self-management: a scoping review. Enza Gucciardi, Nicole Jean-Pierre, Grace Karam and Souraya Sidani. BMC Health Services Research, BMC series. 201616:249

Narrative Medicine, A model for Empathy, Reflection, Profession and Trust. R Chadron. JAMA. 2001;286(15):1897-1902.

Narrative interventions with patients in healthcare: a literature review. Rachel Vedder, Michelle Winslow and Bill Noble. BMJ. 

Promoting Health Literacy Through Storytelling. Vivian Day, BSHCA, MHA, RN. OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing Vol. 14, No. 3, Manuscript 6.

Science of Daydreaming. Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science. February 3. 2011

Using Healthcare Narrative Methods to Improve Outcomes. Feedback Labs. Summit 2017. Business Innovation Factory (BIF) slide deck.

Diabetes: Real Life Stories: A collection of first person stories related to diabetes from the organization

The Art of Immersion: Why do we tell stories? Frank Rose. Wired Magazine. March 3, 2011

How to Tell a Great Story. Carolyn O’Hara. Harvard Business Review. July 30, 2014

Barbara’s Diabetes Story. Barbara of Chanhassen, Minnesota. American Heart Association

Letting Patients Tell Their Stories. Dhruv Khullar, M.D. New York Times blog. April 11, 2016

Transformative Storytelling for Social Change

Community Expressions, Building Community Connections Through Story


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