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J Am Dent Assoc. 2015 Jun;146(6):398-401. doi: 10.1016/j.adaj.2015.01.020.

What about narrative dentistry?

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OVERVIEW:

Narrative medicine strives toward a humanized form of medicine in which empathy and the ability to listen are developed with the same emphasis as scientific rigor. We hypothesize that the adoption of narrative medicine in dentistry would be an excellent method to cultivate the philosophy behind the emerging clinical concept of patient-centered dentistry.

CONCLUSIONS:

Reading literary works, reflective writing, and creative writing would sensitize practitioners to the daily lives of people, human uniqueness, and alterity. Narrative dentistry could lead to more empathic and self-aware practices, and improve dental professionals' observational abilities by making them more perceptive and more attentive to image, metaphor, and meaning.

PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS:

The introduction of narrative dentistry would enrich the clinical clerkship of dentists by bringing the often-missing humanities to the dental professional, academic, and scientific environment.

KEYWORDS:

Dentistry; humanities; narrative medicine; patient-centered care; stories; whole-person care

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PMID:
26025827
DOI:
10.1016/j.adaj.2015.01.020
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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