Why doctors should listen to the stories of their patients


Why doctors should listen to the stories of their patients

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Dr Megan Milota studies how we view human life in health care. What happens if doctors take the personal experience of their patients into account when treating them?

When doctors treat their patients they have a variety of tools to work with. Scanners and other technological instruments to measure brain activity, medicines and research data that indicate the effectiveness of various treatments. These tools mainly focus on collecting and analyzing objective data, the subjective experience of their patients is often overlooked.

Literary scholar dr. Megan Milota (UMC Utrecht) advocates the importance of a more human approach in medicine. Instead of mainly focusing on objective data, doctors have to take the social context and personal experiences of patients into account. By listening to their stories, they enable patients to become active participants in their treatments.

The lecture of dr. Megan Milota starts at 20.00, followed by a short Q&A. Afterwards, at 21.00 we will screen the documentary Hunting for Hedonia at the Bibliotheek Utrecht for our live audience. Unfortunately we are not able to livestream the documentary.  

About Hunting for Hedonia:

The results of deep brain stimulation have often been spectacular. For example, with people suffering from anxiety and depression. It turns out that even personality traits can be changed. Are we moving into a moral grey zone?

We bring you this lecture together with science filmfestival Inscience



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Thursday November 26 2020 (20:00-21:00)
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In onze maatschappij is alles mogelijk. De kansen liggen voor het oprapen. Althans, dat houden we jongeren voor. Maar wat als je om de een of andere reden niet mee kan komen? Drie documentaires als startpunt voor een gesprek over hulp en kwetsbaarheid.