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Rapid response to:

Education And Debate Narrative based medicine

Why study narrative?

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 02 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:48

Rapid Response:

Working narratively

I am a family therapist and work narratively with children, young
people and their families as well as with larger systems.
I visited this site for the first time and read with true interest the
articles here.

It is refreshing to know that narrative and medicine can begin to live
alongsidfe each other. In the general hosptial where I work, there is no
attention paid to the narratives of the patients or thier families....for
example, in childhood epilepsy, I beleive that without attention to the
narrative description of the episodes and effects on the family the
treatment cannnot 'fit'. I'm told that the pressure of time doesn't allow
for so much attention to listening and yet the families come back time and
again to tell the same stories until they 'demand' to be listened to.

Any suggetsions as to how to increase the chances of more narrative in
British Medicine please?

Competing interests:  
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 February 2003
Katherine R Clare
family therapist and paediatric liaison specialist
Child and Adolescent Mental Health