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Journal for Learning Through the Arts, v8 n1 2012

While JJ was a medical student, the authors worked on a two-part study of the stories of good death as they were told by palliative care patients, caregivers, physicians and nurses. In this personal reflection, de Jong (JJ), now a family practitioner and Clarke (LC), an artist and educator in medicine and health care, consider the value of such story work in the development of key skills for a physician. While this is the experience of two individuals, the conclusions have relevance for those engaging in story work within the context of medicine, medical education and the health care community.

Descriptors: Story Telling, Death, Research Projects, Patients, Caregivers, Physicians, Medical Education, Medical Services, Skill Development, Mentors, Experience

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Autor: Clarke, Linda E.; de Jong, Jennifer D.


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