Literature & Medicine is a hospital-based, scholar-led reading and discussion program for healthcare professionals that benefits both the professionals and their patients. Representing a spectrum of patient care roles, program participants increase their cultural awareness and interpersonal skills, contemplate professional roles and relationships, and share reflections with colleagues by reading and discussing relevant plays, short stories, poetry, fiction, and personal narratives.
Literature & Medicine has a significant effect on the way participants understand their work and their relationships with patients and with each other. It’s proven to be an innovative and cost-effective way to improve patient care while contributing to participants’ job satisfaction. Originally developed by the Maine Humanities Council in 1997, more than 90 hospitals in 19 states now participate in the program.