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Podcast Friday: Storytelling As Patient Therapy; ‘Better Care, Cheaper’ Experiment

Our podcast this week features an interview with Dr. Annie Brewster, a Boston internist who became interested in storytelling as a kind of therapy for patients, and a Massachusetts General Hospital program that saves money while also giving better care to chronically ill older patients.

  • A recent study published in The New York Times found that patients listening to other patients telling their own stories can be therapeutic. We spoke to Annie Brewster, a doctor living with multiple sclerosis, about her project documenting the lives of patients and their families in the midst of serious illness.
  • (Check out Dr. Brewster’s “Listening Project,” here, here and here.)

  • Is Better Care Cheaper? Older patients with multiple chronic diseases are the biggest consumers of health care. We explore how the next phase of Gov. Deval Patrick’s health care plan aims to cut this cost down, and hear one doctor’s perspective about whether it will actually work.

Storytelling As Patient Therapy; MGH Experiment ‘Better Care Is Cheaper’