Creativity's Impact on Patient-Provider Interactions
Establishing open communication and trust between patients and providers is integral to family-building success. However, a 2018 study published in BMC Women’s Health found numerous barriers impeding patient-provider communication. The study found evidence to integrate “mental health providers and non-physician staff more [in the clinic] to benefit patients confronting treatment failures and other stresses” (Klitzman, 2018, p. 10). The ART of Infertility is a resource for clinics to work in collaboration with us to actively integrate communication and patient-provider support through art and storytelling. Research by Alice Domar, Ph.D., director of the Mind/Body Medical Institute and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, has found the psychological stress from infertility to be equal of that for patients with cancer and AIDS. Art and creative writing have been found to help reduce the psychological impact of infertility. As past infertility patients, we invite you to set up a meeting with us to learn how you may work with The ART of Infertility at your clinic. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.