Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Family Practice; Feminism; History, 20th Century; Humans; Models, Theoretical; Physician-Patient Relations
Community Health | Other Medical Specialties | Preventive Medicine
Reprint of Dr. Candib's article originally published in 1988, re-published in 1998 for Family Medicine's "Classics from Family Medicine" series.
Original abstract:Feminist psychologists have recently drawn a distinction between separate and connected knowing, two different ways of finding out about the world. Family medicine practice uses connected knowing to discover, through empathy, what another person may be experiencing; in contrast, family medicine research, in order to gain academic credibility, relies on separate knowing, typical of scientific thinking. These two ways of knowing have been variously described by Bruner as paradigmatic vs. narrative, by Kuzel as rationalistic vs. naturalistic, and by Stephens as seeing vs. hearing. The two ways of knowing vary in their use of context, time span, believability, and empathy. Family medicine, in a parallel with women who are finding their voice in a world which has not respected them, must come to blend the two ways of knowing. We can begin reframing our research questions by drawing on knowledge of our intimate, long-term connections with patients, thus underscoring the importance of the knower and the relationship with the known.
Fam Med. 1998 Oct;30(9):672-6. Link to article on publisher's site
Candib LM. (1998). Ways of knowing in family medicine: contributions from a feminist perspective. 1988. Family Medicine and Community Health Publications. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/fmch_articles/64