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January 23/30, 2002

Patients' Stories as Narrative

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;287(4):447-448. doi:10.1001/jama.287.4.447

To the Editor: Dr Charon1 presented a model for empathy, reflection, professionalism, and trust. The nursing profession has for many years incorporated these ideals as an essential component of its philosophy and student curriculum. The Caring Theory of Nursing, espoused by leading nurse theorists,2 has received scant attention outside of the nursing domain. Too often research using Caring Theory as a framework is criticized as being "soft" and not worthy of serious attention.3 As a result of this negative perception, nurses and students of nursing bemoan the class time spent in the study of nursing theory. Hopefully, renewed awareness by the medical profession of the importance of the concepts in Charon's article will reenforce nursing's commitment to its current model of theory-based practice and education.