WHY IS STORYAIDEU IMPORTANT?
Current healthcare training relies upon a comprehensive understanding of the bio-medical model of medicine. However, it has been recognised that a curriculum that incorporates a more rounded model is crucial. To explore a new model of healthcare education, storytelling can become a crucial tool for educators to show the hidden and silent stories of patients, healthcare professionals, loved ones, and vulnerable people. At the same time Europe faces increased demand for health services due to ageing populations, rising patient mobility, and a diminishing supply of health workers caused by retirement rates that surpass recruitment rates. This changing reality creates an even greater need for the health workforce to understand and value humanism.
WHAT WILL STORYAIDEU AIM TO ACHIEVE?
StoryAidEU aims to ‘humanise healthcare education through storytelling’. This will be achieved by producing a course book, learning tools such as videos and interactive lectures that all healthcare professionals can access. Storytelling can be used to ensure a holistic approach to healthcare professionals’ education and this project aims to build a truly interprofessional approach to humanising healthcare education through storytelling. Storytelling is best used in an interdisciplinary environment which this project will foster by creating an innovative multi-professional, inter-stakeholder approach to bridge the gap between current educational models and a more holistic model for the future.
HOW WILL STORYAIDEU MEET ITS GOALS?
The project will conduct (through a number of data gathering techniques) a full review of interprofessional education tools from across the globe, an assessment of humanism policies and procedures on a macro and micro level in Europe, and conduct essential research into how storytelling approaches can be used to improve healthcare education training. These three areas will be combined to create a dedicated educational curriculum for healthcare educators to promote humanism in healthcare through the production of a coursebook, learning videos and an interactive lecture which can all be used in multiple training settings.
WHEN DOES STORYAIDEU START AND FINISH?
The StoryAidEU project runs from October 2019 to September 2021