The foundation of patient-centered care is the patient-professional relationship. By exploring both the disease and patients' unique experience of illness, healthcare professionals take into consideration their individual needs as well as their emotional and physical concerns. Using narratives to describe experiences of patients and professionals, this book reveals the four interactive components of the patient-centered clinical method: exploring health, disease and illness; understanding the whole person; finding common ground; and enhancing the patient-doctor relationship. The concluding chapters illustrate ways in which all four components interact with and complement each other and can be used in unison to the immeasurable benefit of both patient and professional. The stimulating narratives are all based on recent developments in the theoretical model of patient-centred clinical care. This wide-ranging, thought-provoking text is highly relevant to a wide range of healthcare professionals as well as medical educators and healthcare students. For physicians, narratives provide insight and illumination of what it truly means to be patient-centered. They also help clinicians to examine, in a reflective manner, what it means to be a healer. From the Introduction

part Component|7 pages

I Exploring Health, Disease and the Illness Experience

chapter 2|3 pages

The Lonely Journey with Lupus

chapter 3|3 pages


chapter 4|3 pages

A Falling Star

chapter 5|3 pages

Living with a Chronic Illness

chapter 6|4 pages

The Bear that Saved Her Life

chapter 7|3 pages

Conquering Pain and Fear

chapter 8|3 pages

Facing an Incurable Condition

chapter 9|4 pages

Clearing the Path

chapter 10|4 pages

A Ray of Hope

part |8 pages

COMPONENT II Understanding the Whole Person

chapter 13|3 pages

The Issue at Hand

chapter 14|3 pages

“I Want to Die at Home„

chapter 15|3 pages

A Young Boy’s Journey

chapter 16|3 pages

Victor Brings Victory

chapter 17|3 pages

New Beginnings

chapter 18|3 pages

The Onlookers

chapter 19|3 pages

The Criminal

part COMPONENT|10 pages

III Finding Common Ground

chapter 22|4 pages

The Alliance

chapter 24|3 pages

A Tale of Spunk and Smoke

chapter 25|3 pages

Indelible Ink – Part 1

chapter 26|3 pages

Indelible Ink – Part 2

chapter 27|4 pages

Growing Into a Mom

chapter 28|4 pages

“You’re Not Listening to Me!„

chapter 29|3 pages

A Sad Refrain

chapter 30|3 pages

Unexplored Territory – Part 1

part |7 pages

COMPONENT IV Enhancing the Patient-Doctor Relationship

part Narratives|1 pages

Illustrating Component IV: Enhancing the Patient-Doctor Relationship

chapter 31|1 pages

Unexplored Territory – Part 2

chapter 32|3 pages

A Healing Presence

chapter 33|3 pages

A Familiar Kiss Goodbye

chapter 34|3 pages

A Gift Offered – a Gift Received

chapter 35|3 pages

A Misalignment Offers Understanding

chapter 36|3 pages

The Depth of Shame – Part 1

chapter 37|3 pages

The Depth of Shame – Part 2

chapter 38|3 pages

An Urgent Request – a Delayed Response

chapter 40|3 pages

Restoring the Healer

part |2 pages

The Four Interactive Components of the Patient-Centered Clinical Method

part |1 pages

Narratives Illustrating the Four Interactive Components of the Patient-Centered Clinical Method

chapter 43|3 pages

Itching to Be Treated

chapter 44|3 pages

Not a Typical Teenager – Part 1

chapter 45|8 pages

Not a Typical Teenager – Part 2

chapter 47|3 pages

Continuity Equals Care

chapter 48|3 pages

The Heartsink Patient

chapter 49|4 pages

A Case in Complexity – Part 1

chapter 50|2 pages

A Case in Complexity – Part 2