Feasibility and Efficacy of a Writing to Heal Workshop within a Single Medical Center
by MAYO CLINIC
Background: Narrative Medicine has proven benefit for healing and clinical outcomes. Very little data exists on the use of writing for healing in the clinical setting.
Objective: To determine whether clinical wellness workshops focused on the instruction of writing for healing was feasible, satisfying, and perceived to impact stress, pain, mood, and well-being.
Methods: Writing For Healing workshops were held on a monthly basis. Participants were by self selection and without charge. Subsequent to participation, subjects were surveyed based on their satisfaction and perceived clinical benefit.
Results: Over a 2 year period, 199 participants completed 130 to surveys. Survey responses showed the majority were very satisfied with the experience and found it very beneficial for their stress, mood, and general wellness. 50% found it very beneficial for pain.
Conclusions: Conducting a Writing to Heal workshop inside a Medical Center is found to be feasible, with high satisfaction, and with patient perceived clinical benefit.
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