Re(Emplotting) Health Stories: Patient-Provider Communication as Narrative Co-construction – A Talk by Prof. Barbara Sharf

This presentation will focus on two main questions: 1. What does it means to be an “active patient?” and 2. How does effective patient-provider communication occur? To explore these questions, we will examine a detailed interview account from Gina, a young woman living with diabetes, a life-altering and -threatening illness connected to her extremely troubled family medical history. We will use a narrative analysis approach to understand the dynamics underlying Gina’s struggles with her family, her disease, and relationships with her physicians, as a means to illustrating a more general conceptual framework about patienthood and patient-provider communication.

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