Category Archives: Research and articles

Update on the STyLuS Project

The report has now been submitted for the National Institute for Health (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) project I have been helping with: Does therapeutic writing help people with long-term conditions? It will be published as an HTA monograph, but … Continue reading

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A Sense of Story, or Why Teach Reflective Writing?

If you are interested in writing for reflective practice in medicine and healthcare you may wish to read this article written by Dr Rita Charon and Ms Nellie Hermann: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3247912/ The article is a commentary on: Wald HS, Borkan JM, … Continue reading

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Update on the STyLuS project

The protocol for the HTA project I’m helping with, along with Victoria Field and Sheila Hayman, has been published on BMJ Open. Protocol for an HTA report: Does therapeutic writing help people with long-term conditions? Systematic review, realist synthesis and … Continue reading

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The STyLuS Project

Does therapeutic writing help people with long term conditions? I believe it does, and I feel privileged to be working with the London-based STyLuS project team who are carrying out an 18-month project to get a bit nearer to the … Continue reading

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Evaluating my writing groups

This is a long post so I have included headings to allow you to navigate it more easily: Introduction Why evaluate? What forms have I used? Findings Conclusions References Introduction I lead three regular therapeutic writing group sessions for inpatients … Continue reading

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Anyone can change their mind

As you have probably gathered by now, I am passionate about writing for wellbeing. I have my own theories about what kinds of writing are helpful for what kinds of symptoms and have developed writing exercises I think work well … Continue reading

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Mental-health advocate is also a symbol of recovery

An inspiring story: http://www.latimes.com/health/la-me-0730-mentalhealth-advocate-20120730,0,6947951.story

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Summer break

Hi everyone I’m taking a break from my writing groups for a few weeks (school hols) and recharging my creative batteries. I did this last year and found that the break enabled me to step back and look at what’s gone well … Continue reading

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Salutogenesis

I’ve just been on #occhat on Twitter and the discussion was all about a concept that is new to me – Salutogenesis. I know very little about it so far but what I’ve read is interesting so I’ll share a couple of links … Continue reading

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Research into therapeutic writing

Research shows that writing can have positive effects on wellbeing (for some examples see: Lepore and Smyth, 2002; Harris, 2006; Lowe, 2004; Wright and Chung, 2001). No-one knows how writing works (King, 2002, p. 119), although there has been some … Continue reading

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