Oral History and Palliative Care

Dr Michelle Winslow, Research Fellow, Academic Unit of Supportive Care at the University of Sheffield has interviewed dying patients which she says has a “cathartic element.”  She said she is careful to dissociate her team from the clinical team as they don’t want patients to think they are part of their care, but she accepts “there can be a therapeutic element”.  She added “Though this is probably the case for oral history in any setting.”  You can read her paper “Recording lives: the benefits of an oral history service” featured in the 2009 “European Journal of Palliative Care. 

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