Dr Alya … Welcome to this Site
Dr Alya Blogs… in The Context of Care
The Stories of our patients, families, and even providers in the field.
Medicine can only best provided, as we learn, listen, understand the “context” of illness as it relates to the stories of our patient’s lives and experiences.
The Stories told here are real. They are a collection of narratives of medicine.
We physicians only see and understand part of the story, there is so much more we need to know, feel, and gather, and even that is not enough. Narrative medicine teaches us that the stories of patients, their lives intertwined with illness, recovery, and the unsurmountable is a reflection of who we are as a society.
With the filter of electronic record, meaningful use, checklists, order sets, and algorithm- based data science takes us a measure away from actually bearing witness to what really heals patients. Knowing who our patients are, their lives, their struggles, limitations, and strengths is also vital to care.
I write in order to convey some small part of that narrative. I or my interpretation of my experience in medicine may not be all, but I hope it begins the conversation of how we as healers can look beyond the filters.
I invite you, also, to share and reflect, your experiences or struggles in illness and health through any form of literary, art, music, or narrative.