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Benefits to Health Care Professionals

What is the connection between creative encounters and improved medical practice?

As you engage more frequently and more deeply in creative encounters you

  • become more comfortable with states of ambiguity and uncertainty
    [and thus develop a deeper understanding of the complex and oftentimes obscure nature of pain, illness, and the dying process];
  • learn to facilitate and attend to details of process rather than outcome
    [and thus develop an attentiveness and sensitivity to details of pain management and patient care, especially when cure is not possible];
  • observe and create more opportunities for change and choice
    [and thus empower the patient by involving him/her in decision making and develop an open-minded, interdisciplinary, and collaborative approach to pain management and problem solving in general];
  • understand the need for self-care and self-awareness
    [and thus attend to one's own challenges and sources of suffering in life while learning how to make healthy lifestyle choices];
  • express yourself more easily, alone and in collaboration with others
    [and thus develop verbal and non-verbal communication skills, improve patient-caregiver relations, and understand self-expression as an integral component of health];
  • clarify and personalize your sense of spirituality
    [and thus develop deep compassion and empathy for all human vulnerabilities and painful conditions].

 

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