How sharing stories could help medical students, patients and other professionals? This narratives should inspire professionals and medical students it does not need to be just the view of the health professional, could be narratives made by patients: What they observed in the doctor? What was or is the experience of getting ill? The project “Rural Health Stories” will be a space to tell a story with ways to care, or even a  funny one, patient experiences, doctor experiences, failures, missteps. According to Greenhalgh & Hurwitz (1999):  “The narrative provides meaning, context, and perspective for the patient's predicament. It defines how, why, and in what way he or she is ill. The study of narrative offers a possibility of developing an understanding that cannot be arrived at by any other means.” The aim of this project is to rescue humanity in health stories and experiences using the technology that exists today.

“Rural Health Success Stories” is a born with a partnership of Wonca Rural South Asia (WoRSA) and Rural Seeds and it will use real stories with the intersection with the communication technologies.  The story should include SOAR: situation, obstacles, actions, resolution and also TLC: timing, location and character. However this could be flexible and respect different cultural stories and ways to tell it to others. It should be something that remarkable and inspired you in rural medicine and even family medicine or some story that you think it is valuable for share it with someone. Also, it could be in video or writing ones (or both!). If you are interested in send your story check more on “Participate".

Warm Wishes,
Mayara Floss co-creator of Rural Health Success stories
Pratyush Kumar co-creator of Rural Health Success stories

Greenhalgh T, Hurwitz B. Why study narrative? BMJ : British Medical Journal. 1999;318(7175):48-50.

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