Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Write it Out

Writing out emotional feelings may help ease the pain and suffering of cancer patients, according to a study from Dr. M. Soledad Cepeda of Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston.

Such writing, part of a concept called "narrative" medicine, has been seen as a way to aid communication between seriously ill patients and their doctors, according to an article by Reuters. The study also showed that the act of writing allowed patients to better assess their individual needs.

"The findings suggest that the emotional release of writing, specifically, is what helps patients deal with their cancer pain, according to Cepeda's team. However, they add, it's also possible that the most seriously ill patients find it more difficult to write about their feelings.
"More studies are needed, the researchers conclude, to see whether encouraging seriously ill patients to reveal their emotions in writing benefits their well-being. In addition, they say, studies should look at whether verbally telling one's "story" has positive effects."

1 comment:

Ronni Miller said...

Your readers might be interested in my long-standing expressive writing program, aptly called "Write It Out" (www.writeitout.com). WIO aims to help people in all stages of life, and difficult personal circumstances, write out their thoughts and feelings.
-Ronni Miller, Founder and Director of Write It Out(TM)