Narrative Medicine Across Languages and Cultures: Using Minimal English for Increased Comparability of Patients’ Narratives

  • Bert Peeters
  • Maria Giulia Marini


Narrative medicine is an approach to medicine which seeks to combine with and enhance conventional evidence-based medicine by adding perspectives and experience in medical humanities. The chapter expounds on the importance of effective communication with patients and in particular on the importance of having some structured protocols (scripts, interview prompts, and the like) to encourage more comprehensive and effective patient narratives and to allow for increased comparability between them. It tells the story of an emerging collaboration with Minimal English and an international pilot study applying Minimal English to such protocols.



Maria Giulia Marini would like to acknowledge the support received from her fellow researchers at the Fondazione ISTUD: Paola Chesi, Valeria Gatti, Luigi Reale, Antonietta Cappuccio, and Tommaso Limonta.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bert Peeters
    • 1
  • Maria Giulia Marini
    • 2
  1. 1.Griffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.HUNIMED – Humanitas UniversityMilanItaly

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