Being There: Martina’s Story

“My inner doctor told me….That hug was what your patient needed, in that moment we met” 

Martina is a family doctor who loves her job and patients. Being a doctor herself, Martina feels that not enough importance is given to non verbal communication like touch(physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually), in healthcare.  As a child, Martina often visited patients in a hospice and once held an old lady’s hand while she died and later, as a medical student, she met a family doctor who knew every patient of his and where they lived. These experiences taught her to be more present with her patients and so began her research on touch and how it can heal or help patients.

Despite the advancement in medical technology, the physician’s touch still remains one of medicine’s most valuable diagnostic tools that can create human bonds. But unfortunately, with a growing trend of doctors spending less time with patients there is less time to connect. In healthcare, it’s important for doctors to be connected to their patients and find the right balance between caring for someone and providing care to them. Through Martina’s story we also realize that not only can doctors touch the lives of patients but patients can in return touch the lives of their doctors.

If you can identify with this story, please share it with others who care for someone. The feeling of understanding, not being alone and access to support is what keeps caregivers going.

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