Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Stories of Health


How does the study of the humanities and storytelling relate to health care education and the experience of patient care? In what ways are doctors, patients and other health professionals storytellers? How can faculty, students, and staff across the disciplineswork together to produce collaborative, empathetic approaches to person-centred care through creative methods of teaching, research, and community-based work?

Supported by an interdisciplinary partnership between the Narrative Medicine Initiative (NMI) in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities (SASAH), The Public Humanities at Western (PHW), and the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), the aim of this medical humanities project is threefold:

1) to organize four public engagement events featuring reflective stories by patients experiencing chronic illness, with an opportunity afterwards for the audience to engage in an open dialogue with the presenters;

2) to study the emotional and psychological impact of public storytelling on patient-storytellers, as well as the engagement of the public audience who witness these narratives of illness;

3) to edit together video coverage of the engagement events and individual interviews with both patients and audience members to produce a curated video archive of Stories of Health on an open-access, online platform hosted by Western University. The digital platform will serve as an educational tool for training new practitioners in compassionate modes of patient care, as a source of primary material for researchers and scholars, and as a forum for broader citizen participation in the health system.

View the Facebook event page for more details!