Doctors' narratives in Balint groups

Br J Med Psychol. 1999 Mar;72 ( Pt 1):121-5. doi: 10.1348/000711299159862.


There is a limited place today for narratives in traditional medicine. However, the Balint group is a legitimate forum providing doctors to unconditionally engage in discussing patients' stories within a secure and safe environment. This paper examines the importance of doctors' narratives in Balint groups and describes how insightful listening may help them move from a mainly biomedical mode to a narrative one, in order to change and repair their patients' and their own personal narratives.

MeSH terms

  • Culture*
  • Humans
  • Medicine, Traditional*
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Psychotherapy
  • Speech*