1st Edition

Integrating Health Humanities, Social Science, and Clinical Care A Guide to Self-Discovery, Compassion, and Well-being

By Anna-leila Williams Copyright 2019
    198 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    198 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The health humanities are widely understood as a way to cultivate perspective, compassion, empathy, professional identity, and self-reflection among health professional students. This innovative book links humanities themes, social science domains, and clinical practice to invite self-discovery and recognition of universal human experiences.

    Integrating Health Humanities, Social Science, and Clinical Care introduces critical topics that rarely receive sufficient attention in health professions education, such as cultivating resilience, witnessing suffering, overcoming unconscious bias, working with uncertainty, understanding professional and personal roles, and recognizing interdependence. The chapters encourage active engagement with a range of literary and artistic artefacts and guide the reader to question and explore the clinical skills that might be necessary to navigate clinical scenarios.

    Accompanied by a range of pedagogical features including writing activities, discussion prompts, and tips for leading a health humanities seminar, this unique and accessible text is suitable for those studying the health professions, on both clinical and pre-clinical pathways.

    Chapter 1 Introduction: Health Humanities

    Chapter 2 Patient as Storyteller: Determinants of Health

    Chapter 3 Unconscious Bias

    Chapter 4 Bearing Witness to Suffering

    Chapter 5 Resilience and Burnout

    Chapter 6 Recognizing Our Interdependence

    Chapter 7 The Influence of Time on Meaning

    Chapter 8 Uncertainty and Decision Making

    Chapter 9 Professional Identity: Perspectives, Roles, Values, and Attributes

    Appendix A General Guidelines for Leading a Health Humanities Seminar

    Appendix B Discussion Prompts


    Anna-leila Williams is Associate Professor of Medical Sciences at Quinnipiac University‚Äôs Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine.