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What we've been reading - May


Keeping up with medicine is made easier when we share clinical stories with our colleagues. On this page we share brief learnings and articles that have interested our GP liaison team during the month of May. If you come across an article, video or resource you think clinical and management teams should know about, send it to newsletters@pinnacle.health.nz.


Art as therapy - thoughts from Dr Jo Scott-Jones

Have you ever recommended a book or film to a patient as part of your care? Alain De Botton is the large brain behind the School of Life and has, along with co-author John Armstrong, created a wonderful "coffee table" book exploring the concept of using reflection on classical and modern art as a way of improving skills in reflection and helping us consider our issues in relation to others.

It's too expensive to recommend to patients, but worth exploring online, and I have recommended the School of Life video series to patients from time to time as bite sized explorations of life's general angst.

I have also recommended the film About Time particularly to young married couples suffering from mild disharmony (you know these patients, the un-codable important stuff of normal GP life!). It's about a young man who realises almost too late that actually the most important thing is making the most of NOW, not getting caught up in the past. I suggest sneaking it on the TV on a Saturday night and not making a big fuss, just letting the partner realise this is really about them. Great soundtrack too. 

If you ever recommend a film or book to patients for specific issues, please consider sharing the details either through the closed Pinnacle GPs facebook group or through me directly.

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