A word from the College library

Thriving and reading

Literature can be a mirror of our cultural consciousness. Equally, the indexing of medical concepts in the MEDLINE® database reflects changing awareness of health and disease. Psychological stress is a good example: historically, biomedical research prioritized the pathological aspects of stress and only recently have positive aspects of managing or thriving under stress been given active consideration. Accordingly, psychological stress came into being as a formal subject heading in MEDLINE® in 1973 while psychological resilience was formally introduced in 2009. Almost 100,000 scholarly articles indexed in MEDLINE® report on various aspects of psychological stress; however, only 1,500 focus on resilience.

The College library is collecting material on resilience for physicians to help them in the face of challenge and pressure in their professional lives. One example is the 2013 book titled First do no self-harm: understanding and promoting physician stress resilience by Charles R. Figley, Peter Huggard, and Charlotte E. Rees (Oxford University Press). Other texts available for loan, which can support resilience through improved interpersonal communication and understanding include:

Breaking the cycle: how to turn conflict into collaboration when you and your patients disagree. George F. Blackall: Philadelphia: ACP Press, 2009.

Doctors talking with patients/patients talking with doctors: improving communication in medical visits. Debra L. Roter. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2006 

Getting to yes: negotiating agreement without giving in. Roger Fisher. New York: Penguin, 2011.

Resolving ethical dilemmas: a guide for clinicians. Bernard Lo. Philadelphia, PA : Wolters Kluwer, 2013.

The speed of trust: the one thing that changes everything. Stephen M.R. Covey. New York: Free Press, 2008.

College library books are free to receive and are sent via mail. The library also welcomes requests for bibliographies on any other topic. Call 604-733-6671 or email medlib@mls.cpsbc.ca.