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Healing in the absence of a cure

Byrne, Libby (2018) Healing in the absence of a cure. Journal of Patient Experience. pp. 1-4. ISSN DOI: 10.1177/2374373518770828

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Abstract

This article offers a series of 3 vignettes exploring how art making has enabled me to understand my experience of the psychological and spiritual questions that have arisen throughout my diagnosis and subsequent treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the private hospital system in Australia. The findings of the article indicate that the challenge to maintain a sense of identity that is separate to the experience of illness is critical for people who are living with MS and the language employed by health-care workers has a profound capacity to help or hinder this. Opportunities to make art in hospital supports the efficacy of prescribed medical treatments by enabling patients to exercise power in the midst of a process over which they have little or no control.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: patient perspectives/narratives, patient arts and photography, patient-/relationship-centered skills, spiritual and integrative care
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: D - Pastoral Studies
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Dr Libby Byrne
Date Deposited: 01 May 2018 04:25
Last Modified: 01 May 2018 04:25
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3073

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