Current Issue: Spring 2018

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About the Journal

JHR is a peer reviewed, multi-media journal using a collaborative model with rehabilitation professionals, patients and their families to gain a greater understanding of the human experience of disability through art, literature and narrative. The purpose of this interdisciplinary journal is to raise the consciousness and deepen the intellect of the humanistic relationship in the rehabilitation sciences.

Healing from ‘Brokenness’: The Story of Corinne - In this tender account of his family’s fostering and later adoption of Corinne, a physically traumatized infant born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, Chad Jackson, PT, DPT, OCS, details how a healthcare provider’s empathy, empowerment, and connection form a crucial aspect of the healing process.
Piloting an Undergraduate Survey Course in Medical Humanities and Social Medicine: Lessons, Tradeoffs, and Institutional Context - Eileen P. Anderson-Fye, EdD, and colleagues report on the development of a pilot undergraduate survey course that offered an overview of disciplinary approaches to health across the humanities and social sciences—and provided rich rewards to participating students.
Resources: Spring 2018 - Collection of links and resources for health humanities with potential applications in rehabilitation sciences education, clinical care and research.
A Canvas, Some Paint—and a Famous Artist Has Changed the Game of Cardiac Rehab - Sarah Smith, SPT, and Kathy Lee Bishop, PT, DPT, report on Art with Heart, a creative program for patients recovering from cardiac surgery. The classes, initiated by artist Wayland Moore following his own triple-bypass surgery, address the healing of the minds and souls of recovering patients.
Neuromuscular Scoliosis (and Resolution) as a Lived Experience for an Adult With Tetraplegia - Jennifer Hastings, PT, PhD, NCS, and colleagues present a phenomenological study of the lived experience of an individual with tetraplegia who developed new-onset neuromuscular scoliosis, refused to accept the condition as inevitable, and worked with a seating specialist to regain control of his life.
See Me - Amanda LaLonde, PT, DPT, GCS shares an original poem that captures the feelings of frightened, defiant patients in an impersonal healthcare system. In her author commentary, she then presents a challenge to herself and her colleagues to return humility, humanity, and empathy to healthcare.