J Clin Outcomes Manage
Take 2 poems and call me in the morning: reading medically themed poetry for insight and renewal
Abstract Despite the chronic overload of patients and paper-work experienced by many doctors, this article argues that doctors should make time occasionally to read and reflect on a medically themed poem. Reading poetry can reduce the burnout and isolation many physicians can come to feel as a result of medical practice. In addition, by helping doctors to see their daily professional life from a different perspective, poetry can lead to creative new ways of interacting and even intervening with patients. Possible outcomes for physician-readers include renewal, inspiration, and recommitment to core values of service and patient care.
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