A Prescription of Poetry to Help Patients Speak Their Minds

December 2, 2019

(The Wall Street Journal) – Poetry may not be common in the medical setting. But more hospitals and medical schools are turning to the power of the written word, and poetry in particular, to help patients process their conditions and heal. The Northwestern doctors are studying whether it’s feasible for busy doctors to carve out time for poetry with inpatients. They’re examining how patients reflect on the process. They’re also interviewing patients after the reading to see if the poetry affects their quality of life and relationship with the physician.