Using Narrative Medicine to Have Agency Over Your Health Care Journey

Derek McCracken

When we redefine health literacy as clear health communication it allows for accountability to be shared with all parties involved instead of placing the onus and understanding solely on the patient. Derek McCracken challenges us to view the ability to express ourselves easily and articulately as more than just a state of literacy, but instead as a process. Listen as he shares how narrative medicine is built on the pillars of attention, representation, and affiliation to equip health care providers with the tools to give and receive stories, listen actively and write reflectively which creates a safe space for patients. Derek explains how the tools he received through his narrative medicine training help him connect with patients and empower them to have the agency and creativity to communicate their experiences along their health care journey.

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