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Literature & Medicine

A reading and discussion program for health care professionals.


Meghan Reedy
Program Officer
(207) 773-5051


Literature & Medicine

Humanities at the Heart of Healthcare®

Encouraging health care professionals to connect the worlds of science and lived experience, giving them the opportunity to reflect on their professional roles and relationships through reading plays, short stories, poetry, fiction and personal narratives and share those reflections with colleagues.

Literature & Medicine is the only national program that engages a cross-section of experienced health care professionals with the humanities. Program participants work in all aspects of patient care and include nurses, physicians, support and allied staff, administrators, clergy, social workers, and therapists in hospital, home health, hospice, and public health settings. The program is an innovative and cost-effective way to improve patient care while contributing to participants’ job satisfaction. Increased respect among colleagues in different disciplines and job descriptions builds community within an institution and helps ease feelings of futility and isolation. As one participant wrote, “It feels wonderful to come back to why I was attracted to medicine in the beginning and to share dialogue with others who care.” In the words of another, “This program brings joy to my work.”

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Program Outcomes

L&M participants show an increase in empathy and other measures.

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L&M readings raise issues pertinent to caring for people.

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Funded By:

The Hospice Fund and the Welch Charitable Fund

at the Maine Community Foundation

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