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Understanding the Patient Point of View Through Storytelling and Music: A Unique Collaboration Between a Social Worker and Cancer Survivor

21 Mar 2019
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Understanding the Patient Point of View Through Storytelling and Music: A Unique Collaboration Between a Social Worker and Cancer Survivor

In the hectic lives of healthcare professionals, it is often difficult to view situations through our patients’ eyes. How does it truly feel to receive a devastating diagnosis? What is the toll it takes physically and emotionally on your body? How do your family members and caregivers cope emotionally? This innovative presentation is a unique lens into the eyes of a patient.

Anne McSweeney, Social Worker/Educator and Tom Willner, Playwright /Cancer Survivor joined forces to help clinicians better understand the patient perspective. Using music and storytelling, we will explore a journey of hope, courage, love, and family. Some key points of exploration include receiving bad news, clinical empathy, stages of grief, family dynamics and survivorship. This innovative presentation will establish the foundation to more deeply explore issues from a patient’s perspective and provide us with tools to better assist our patients and their caregivers as they go through their journeys.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the session, the participant will be able to:

  • Name 3 losses that a patient may experience when diagnosed with a serious or terminal illness.

  • State the difference between sympathy and clinical empathy. Begin to initiate a plan to begin practicing more mindful clinical empathy with patients/caregivers.

  • State 3 valuable patient perspectives that can allow you to better serve patients/caregivers.

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