June 15, 2008

Doctor-Patient Communication is Lecture Theme

An expert on doctor-patient communication will speak at University Medical Center on Tuesday in a free lecture that's open to the public.

Dr. Rita Charon, a professor of clinical medicine and director of the narrative medicine program at Columbia University, has spent much of her career researching ways that doctors can improve their ability to empathize with patients coping with illness.

The Columbia program encourages the study of literature in order to better understand patients' stories.

Charon has written or edited several books on the topic, including 2006's "Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness."

The lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. in UMC's DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.

Originally published by ARIZONA DAILY STAR.

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