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Interactive session using narratives from film, artists’ books, and other sources to reflect upon the experiences of patients being treated for terminal cancer. Students were offered a “patient case” using details from Martha Hall’s artists’ books and interviews to illustrate the patient experience. (Learn more about Martha Hall.)

In small interprofessional groups, participants had the opportunity to discuss Martha’s case and their own feelings, reactions, and experiences as a means of developing empathy. The goals of this program were to build skills related to team work and communication, keeping the patient at the center of practice, and engaging with the idea that the patient is the expert on their own life.


This event was sponsored by IPEC, the Maine Women Writers Collection, and the UNE Libraries, and was held in the Ludcke Auditorium on UNE's Portland Campus.

Supplemental files include PDFs of the PowerPoint slides used in this presentation and the "Required Readings" list of resources for participants. (Resources list compiled by UNE Librarian Bobby Gray.)

Video also available on YouTube:

Inhabiting the Patient Experience.pdf (1785 kB)
PowerPoint Slides: Inhabiting The Patient Experience

PatientNarrativeResourcesUNELibraryServices (1).pdf (214 kB)
Resources List: Inhabiting The Patient Experience

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