Vol 15, No 1 (2021)
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The importance of narrative medicine in palliative care

Agata Rudnik1, Krzysztof Sobczak2
Palliat Med Pract 2021;15(1):64-69.


This article discusses narrative medicine, i.e. drawing knowledge from the narratives of both patients and medical staff. Information obtained in this way can be used in the diagnosis and treatment process and it also has an educational value. This article aims to present the importance of using narrative medicine for palliative care, as well as building relations between doctors and patients. Challenges related to narratives were identified, with their particular significance during the current COVID-19 pandemic taken into account as well.

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