The Perseverance Project: Transforming Resilience Through the Power of Story
A patient’s ability to have their personhood acknowledged and celebrated through a community who listens with compassion may directly correlate to their ability to persevere throughout their disease trajectory. How might we lift up the stories of our patients, and how might we nurture our ability to listen? How might this exchange create perseverant healthcare systems that are truly person-centered alongside a thriving and sustainable workforce? The Perseverance Project is comprised of two main interventions. The first will adapt a well-founded intervention titled “My Life, My Story” into pediatrics, placing a patient’s individually crafted story at the center of their medical record, transforming person-centered care. The second intervention will build upon Compassionate Listening workshops successfully piloted in a variety of settings, deepening a clinician’s ability to listen and bear witness while creating a renewed sense of inspiration and purpose in an increasingly stressful healthcare system. Together, these interventions promote patient and clinician perseverance concurrently, impacting considerations of whole-person care, provider well-being and resiliency.