Even as psychiatry moves away from narrative therapy toward drug therapy, as Couser argues, narrative competence
is being emphasized in the treatment of non-mental illness.
'The effective practice of medicine requires narrative competence
, that is, the ability to acknowledge, absorb, interpret, and act on the stories and plights of others.' In Charon's opinion, if to reclaim a new model of medical practice, the proposed model is the medical act performed with narrative competence
, therefore narrative medicine is the suggested path to better patient-doctor communication.
It is grounded in the physician's narrative competence
which in turn is defined as the set of skills required to absorb, interpret, and respond to illness narratives2.
With respect to what narrative medicine hopes to achieve, its proponents typically emphasize the prospects of improving empathy by improving narrative competence
. Their standard assumption is that improved narrative capacities "will lead to more humane, more ethical ...
Mental state talk  and narrative competence
[38,39] develop during infancy and early childhood.
"The Influence of Postmodern Picturebooks on Three boys' Narrative Competence
." Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 32(3), 191-210, 2009.
In Opening My Heart, Shalof instructs without preaching, critiques with humility and humour, and embodies what we try to teach our medical and nursing students: narrative competence
. This all-important skill can be defined as the ability to receive, tell, co-construct, interpret and be moved by the stories of illness (including our own).
serves medical professionals beyond treatment of illness.
: Play, storytelling, and story comprehension.
Sylvia Pantaleo in her paper 'The Influence of Postmodern Picturebooks on Three Boys' Narrative Competence
' examines how three boys' written and visual texts reflect an understanding of narrative that was developed as a result of their experiences with a collection of postmodern picturebooks.