Research Findings

As of early 2014, we have conducted 23 presentations at a variety of conferences. These are summarized below. As our project continues, feel free to check back for updates to this page. We are currently preparing several articles for submission to journals in the fields of family medicine, cancer education, and storytelling.

The following presentations have been, or are scheduled to be, given:

2014

Bishop T, Gorniewicz J, Janssen C. Patient-Centered Communication Training: Using Narratives in Strengthening Residents' Ability in Addressing Spirituality in Cancer Treatment.     Presented at: 47th Annual Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Spring Conference; May 3-7, 2014; San Antonio, TX.

Gorniewicz J, Tudiver F, Janssen C, Bishop T. End-of-Life Communication Training Module: Incorporating Evocative Stories from Patients and Physicians to Improve OSCE Performance. Presented at: 47th Annual Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Spring Conference; May 3-7, 2014; San Antonio, TX.

2013

Bishop T, Floyd M, Gorniewicz J, Janssen C. Cancer and Effective Communication: Using Stories of Families Facing Cancer in Teaching Clinicians. Presented at: 34th Annual Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine; September 19-22, 2013; Chicago, IL.

Lang F, Gorniewicz J, Floyd, M.  Breaking Bad News Communication Module: Incorporating Evocative Stories from Patients Improves OSCE Performance. Presented at: 46th Annual Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Spring Conference; May 1-5, 2013; Baltimore, MD.

2012

Lang F, Gorniewicz J. Breaking Bad News: Can Cancer Communication Modules Incorporating Evocative Stories from Patients and Physicians, Improve Resident OSCE Performance? Presented at: American Academy on Communication in Healthcare Research & Teaching Forum; October 12-14, 2012; Providence, RI.

Janssen C, Enck R, Gorniewicz J. Discussing End-of-Life Issues with Patients: Good Listening is Good Doctoring. Presented at: 33rd Annual Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine; September 27-30, 2012; Chicago, IL.

Sobol J, Kelley S, Tedford K. Illness Narratives and the Hero's Journey: The Cancer Stories Project. Workshop presented at: National Storytelling Conference, June 28-30, 2012; Cincinnati, OH.

Lang F, Sobol J, Janssen C. Using cancer patient stories to "power" communication modules. Presented poster at: American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Conference; June 2, 2012; Chicago, IL. Poster

Sobol J, Janssen C. The Power of Storytelling in Health Settings: From Process Through Performance. Panel discussion at: Society for Arts in Health Care conference; May 5, 2012;   Detroit MI.

2011

Sobol J. The Cancer Stories Project: A Narrative Approach to Cancer Communication. Presented at: Tennessee Cancer Coalition Summit; June 16, 2011; Nashville, TN.

Lang FF, Floyd M, Stockwell G. A Number of Challenging Cancer Communication Moments: A Patient-Centered Approach Developed Through Listening to the Stories of Patients with Cancer. Presented at: 44th Annual Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Spring Conference, April 2011; New Orleans, LA.

2010

Lang FF. Using Cancer Patient Stories to Power Communication Modules. Presented at: EACH International Conference on Communication in Healthcare; September 5-8, 2010; Verona, Italy.

Sobol J. The Cancer Journey as Rite of Passage: A Narrative Approach to Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment, and Outcomes. Presented at: Conference on Myth, Literature, and the Unconscious; Sept. 3, 2010; University of Essex, Colchester, UK.

Lang FF, Floyd M, Stockwell G. Using Cancer Patient Stories to Power Communication Modules. Presented at: 43rd Annual Spring Conference, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine; April 26, 2010; Vancouver; British Columbia, Canada.

2009

Lang FF. Cancer Patient Stories: Leading a Journey Towards More Compassionate Communication. Keynote speech presented at: 11th Annual Compassion in Medicine Conference: Communication with Cancer Patients, October 27, 2009; Riverside Methodist Hospital OhioHealth, Columbus, OH.

Lang FF. Storytelling, Oncology, and Medical Communication Analysis of Cancer Patients' Stories. Presented at: International Conference on Communication in Healthcare; October 4 – 7, 2009; Miami Beach, FL.

Lang FF. Cancer Care: End-of-Life Palliative Care. Presented at: American Academy of Family Practitioners National Conference of Family Practice Residents and Medical Students; July 30 – August 1, 2009; Kansas City, MO.

Lang FF, Floyd M. Storytelling, Oncology, and Medical Communication: Analysis of Cancer Patients' Stories. Presented at: 42nd Annual Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Spring Conference; April 30, 2009; Denver, CO.

Sobol J. The Cancer Journey. Presented at: George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling Research; April 23, 2009; University of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Wales, UK.

Sobol J. The Cancer Journey. Presented at: Across the Threshold: Creativity, Being, and Healing Conference; Mar. 21, 2009; Duke University, Durham, NC.

2008

Lang FF, Vardhana H. Storytelling, Oncology, and Medical Communication. Presented at: American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH) Research and Teaching Forum, October 17-19, 2008, Madison, WI.

2007

Vardhana H. Cancer Patient's Stories and their use in training modules. Presented at: American Academy of Communication in Healthcare; Oct, 2007; Charleston, SC.

2005

Sobol J., Lang FF. Storytelling Methodologies in Enhancing Doctor-Patient Communication: the Cancer Patient's Story as Hero's Journey. Presented at: Healing Through Story Conference; Feb. 26, 2005; Minneapolis, MN.