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(mostly) TRUE THINGS podcast Episode 1: Research Studies

Thanks for listening to (mostly) TRUE THINGS the podcast and for following your curiosity about the research studies we discussed in that interview with Dr. Debbie Zelizer to this blog. Here are links to the studies we discussed in the "3 studies" portion of the interview. Happy reading! And please check Episode 2 to find out if Dr. Zelizer changed anything in the telling of her moving story about her favorite patient on the Stonybrook University Hospital /AIDS Unit.


"The benefits of storytelling include;
 • development of the skills required to follow a narrative thread, tolerating ambiguity and surrendering to the story;
• the adoption of multiple and contradictory points of view;
• an ability to enter the storytellers' reality and to understand how the story teller makes sense of that reality;
• to gain insight into the use of image and metaphor;
• to acknowledge the use of imagination in being transported to the storytellers' reality."

A longer overview of material from this article is on this link: Nurse

Storytelling Should Be Targeted Where It Is Known To Have Greatest Impact Medical Education, 2001, 35, 818-819
"Stories are an ideal medium for ordering and storing complex human and clinical experiences...Storytelling is not unscientific. On the contrary, a  creative imagination is the scientist's greatest asset and is also the essence of competent clinical and moral decision-making....As clinicians we not only tell stories about patients; we tell them about ourselves."

Storytelling As An Educational Strategy For Midwifery Students, Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health July-Aug 2006, Volume 51, 4, 
The integration of storytelling into the education of midwifery students over a 4-year period was reviewed in this study. The benefits of storytelling were overwhelmingly supported by the students, who cited "increased cognitive learning, enhanced role transition, and emotional clarification" among others. The growing popularity of storytelling in health care and education as well as a conceptual framework for these methods is discussed.

Understanding Narrative Effects: The Impact of Breast Cancer Survivor Stories On Message Processing, Attitudes and Beliefs Among Afro-American Women, Health Psychology, 2011, Nov. 30, 6 674-682
Narrative videos of Afro-American women who are survivors of breast cancer had a powerful impact on the heightened risk perception among the participants, their engagement with the topic and willingness to discuss it, as well as integrating information about mammography and overcoming barriers to diagnosis and treatment.

host/creator of the live show and podcast (mostly) TRUE THINGS: Jude Treder-Wolff, a geek trainer/consultant, writer and performer. Follow her on Twitter @JuTrWolff.


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