Just kidding about that title, dear readers! There’s no bar involved in this story. I couldn’t help myself. But in this recent heart failure study out of Milan, Italy, a unique story-sharing experience evolved among three distinct stakeholder groups (patients, family caregivers and physicians), each guided by the concept called Narrative Medicine.(1)
The Italian researchers asked participants within these three interconnected groups of people to describe in their own words:
- What is it like to be living with heart failure?
- What is it like to be a family member caring for the person with heart failure?
- What is it like to be a physician providing medical care to this person? . .