Abstract ID: 3286

Primary Topic: Integrative medicine delivery models
Secondary Topic: Best case series

Applications of Narrative Medicine for Patient Identity and Quality of Life
Robert B Slocum, Ph.D.; John L. Villano, MD, PhD, , Lexington, KY, United States

Late Breaker: No


The purposes of this workshop are to provide a basic introduction to Narrative Medicine and its applications for patient care, to apply and illustrate these understandings in case-based presentations on the clinical use of Narrative Medicine visits to assist brain cancer patients to recover or discover identity and sense of self as they receive treatment, and to provide an interactive and reflective Narrative Medicine-based experience for participants through a journal writing exercise with expressive wriitng prompts.


Describe  and discuss basic principles and methods of Narrative Medicine.

Apply basic principles and methods of Narrative Medicine in clinical practive and interactions with patients through discussion of case histories.

Identify appropriate caes for aplication of Narrative Medicine princiles and methods.

Demonstrate understanding of Narrative Medicine methods by participation in a journal writing exercise with expressive writing prompts.

Time Frame

Introduction to Narrative Medicine - 45 minutes

Case-based discussion of Narrative Medicine applications - 45 minutes

Journal writing exercise with expressive writing prompts - 60 minutes


All presentation made by Robert B. Slocum, Ph.D., Narrative Medicine Program Coordinator, University of Kentucky HealthCare.

Teaching/Learning Strategies

Lecture with PowerPoint on Narrative Medicine with discussion and questions.

Lecture and discussion with questions on case-based histories.

Journal writing exercise with expressive writing prompts.


I Introduction to Narrative Medicine

II. Application of Narrative Medicine principles and methods relative to case-based studies

III. Journal writing exercise with expressive writing prompts

If the program committee feels your presentation would be better suited for a different presentation type, such as a symposium (shorter format during the main meeting), would you be willing to adapt your presentation to fit the new format?


Is this workshop proposed by an organization?


Organization's website


Has the content (or substantial parts) of this workshop been previously presented or published (note: previous experience presenting the material may be considered a strength as long as continued interest is anticipated)?


Please provide Location of Presentation and/or Publication Information and date of each presentation

Background on Narrative Medicine presented in Academic Consortium for INtegrative Medicne & Health webinar, June 15, 2017, June 15, 2017.

Substantial parts of workshop drawn from Robert B. Slocum, Tracy A. Howard and John L. Villano, "Narrative Medicne perspectives on patient identity and integrative care in neuro-oncology," Journal of Neuro-Oncology (July 1, 2017). doi: 10.1007/s11060-017-2542-5.