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#10: Narrative reasoning

In this episode, Ben talks to Carmen Caiero about the development of a narrative reasoning course as part of the physiotherapy programme at Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal in Portugal. Anestis Divanoglou also joins the conversation to share his experiences at the University of Iceland.

Narrative reasoning has been defined as the capability of a therapist to apprehend and understand patients` “stories”, illness experiences, meaning perspectives, contexts, beliefs and cultures (Edwards, Jones, Carr, and Jensen, 2004). An ability to recognize, interpret and be moved to action by an individual’s story of illness is a key attribute in person-centred practice. However, students and novice professionals often find it difficult to engage in narrative forms of reasoning and collaborative models of practice, focusing instead predominantly on biomedical aspects (Cruz, Moore, and Cross, 2012). Carmen discusses the theoretical background and practical implementation of a fascinating course that makes use of arts, literature and reflective writing to help health students develop skills to observe, absorb, interpret and respond empathetically to patients` stories.

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Carmen Caeiro works as an assistant professor at the Health School of the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal. She is interested in exploring how individuals experience and make sense of their disorders as well as the related healthcare interventions and outcomes. She has also carried out research in the scope of physiotherapy education. In particular, the contribution of some educational approaches to the development of clinical reasoning and patient-centred care.

Anestis Divanoglou is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Iceland.

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