A Critical Review of Narrative-Based Medicine — Its Recent Development and Prospective Outlook

Yun-jie Ye, Mimi Huang

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Abstract

Narrative-based medicine is a medical model that provides clinicians with a constructivist approach to understanding, empathizing and acting upon patients’ experience of pain and illness. This medical model can work parallel to, and can be integrated with, evidence-based medicine in clinical practice. This article provides a comprehensive review of narrative-based medicine, examining its theoretical background, its development and its implementation in recent medical practice. The dialectical relationship between narrative medicine and evidence-based medicine is discussed before an integrated framework is proposed that allows both medical models to work together in China’s medical care system. Finally, it argues that the narrative-based model can play an important role in China’s fast-moving translational medicine.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-112
JournalXunzheng Yixue
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2015

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