Tomorrow is the Betweter Festival in Utrecht, a science event with lots of experiments, small lectures and music. We have already tasted two of the researchers present.
You will hear more about the differences between men and women when it comes to cardiovascular disease. These differences can be found everywhere: on the biological level (think hormones and chromosomes), but also on the social and cultural side. For example, women are less likely to be resuscitated on the street. Hence it is also true that not much is known about women with cardiovascular disease. It’s time to change that.
Another topic to be discussed at the festival is narrative medicine. The story as a tool in helping the patient. And this isn’t just a matter of better listening, no: it’s the use of tools from literature. Because if you really understand how someone tells something, what they share, but also what is left out, the style someone uses and how the interaction between you and the narrator affects all of this, then as a healthcare provider you can better help the patient address their disease experience.
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