Am Fam Physician. 2012;86(3):268
Understanding R.H.'s personal narrative has helped me provide better care. After learning the struggles R.H. and her family had been through, I began to see that her chronic medical conditions, especially her chronic pain, were greatly influenced by the social and emotional struggles of her life. Knowing this made me more aware that during stressful periods R.H. did not need more pain medication or a higher dose of antihypertensives, she simply needed me to listen longer.