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When patients share their stories, health may improve

Imagine you are diagnosed with a life-altering health condition. At this moment, what would help you most? A patient education handout? Information from a health website? Or hearing the experience from someone coping with the same condition? This New York Times article explains the untapped potential of sharing personal narratives to improve patient outcomes.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“Telling and listening to stories is the way we make sense of our lives,” said Dr. Thomas K. Houston, lead author of the study and a researcher at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester and the Veterans Affairs medical center in Bedford, Mass. “That natural tendency may have the potential to alter behavior and improve health.”

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