This book explains how narrative medicine can improve evidence based medicine (EBM), making it more effective and efficient, giving patients better quality of life and offering more satisfaction to all health care providers.
It discusses not only the disease experienced by the person who is ill, but also focuses on the context and the culture, and investigates how narrative medicine can make other disciplines around the globe more applicable, less manipulative, and more "scientific". Only by integrating the narrative aspects, can EBM become more effective and efficient, with fewer uncured patients, more satisfied patients with a better quality of life, and satisfaction for all health care providers.
Every chapter is divided into two main sections: the first presents the latest research in the field, with comments and interviews with experts, while the second section provides a list of practical exercises and tasks.
The book is intended for anyone with an interest in caring for and curing patients: all care providers of care, physicians, general practitioners, specialists nurses, psychotherapists, counselors, social workers, providers of aid, healthcare managers, scientific societies, academics and researchers.
Maria Giulia Marini is an epidemiologist, counselor at the Health and Wellness Department of the Fondazione ISTUD, Baveno, Italy. With a classic humanistic background, she had a scientific academic training in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology, and specialized in epidemiology and pharmacology,: She developed a specific interest in the integration of humanities and sciences to favour care humanization and to offer patients a health system more in line with their needs. With 28 years of professional experience in health care, she is currently on the board of Italian Society of Narrative Medicine, tenured professor of Narrative Medicine at Humanitas University of Milan, Faculty of Medicine, and referee for WHO for "Narrative Method in Public Health." Author of more than 100 national publications and several international publications, in 2013 she founded the online journal Chronicle of Narrative Medicine.