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Narrative medicine at Kungälv hospital

News: Aug 11, 2016

At Kungälv hospital, the medical ward has been working with a new method for patient rounds, person-centered patient rounds, since 2010. This is an effort to improve the quality at the ward both from the patients’ and the staffs, perspective. The method is referred to as the "Second round" and is an example of narrative medicine.

The "Second round"


The “Second round” boils down to a concept where several categories of medical professionals and the patient meet in a private room for a mutual conversation about the current state of the patient and which further treatment that should be undertaken. In this type of patient round, the whole medical team are gathered to hear what is being said and to be involved in the entire care process. The patient, nurses, assistant nurses and doctors can access the same information in privacy. Emphasis is given to the patient’s narrative which has been shown to modulate the image of the human behind the patient. Thereby, the health care quality can be improved for both the staff and patients


By abandoning the traditional round, where the doctors walk from bed to bed, a broader perspective on medical and nursing care can be given while maintaining patient integrity in a better way. The person-centered approach also means that the Second round is designed as constructive and inclusive, where the patient's issues, needs and resources get much scope. These are some examples of the benefits of narrative medicine. 

Improvements


The introduction of the person-centered patient rounds have been well-received among the majority of the staff. A higher level of participation, equality, flexibility, and transfer of information in the staff group is achieved. The staff group also works actively with reflection and continuous improvements.

Workhop on Narrative medicine

On November 25-26th, a workshop will be organized at Kungälv hospital and Teater Uno in Gothenburg. In the workshop, a world-leading expert on Narrative medicine, Professor Rita Charon, MD and PhD from Columbia University, New York City will speak.
 Please find more information here. 

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