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Brave New Normal:

Keeping Conversations Vital in Healthcare


Brave New Normal is a series of Q&A's with professionals devoted to preserving the role of conversation in healthcare.


Dialogue, building camaraderie and trust between patients, caregivers and providers is not only vital to better communication, but allows for care planning that reflects the patient's wishes and concerns.


I'm excited to interview innovative and outspoken experts who can weigh in on how to have effective conversations in the hurried new normal of our digital age. I'll be profiling authors, researchers, clinicians, and educators to inspire our confidence as communicators—person-to-person.

Val Walker, MS, is the author of The Art of Comforting: What to Say and Do for People in Distress (Penguin, 2010).


Formerly a rehabilitation counselor for 20 years, she speaks, teaches and writes on how to offer comfort in times of loss, illness, and major life transitions.


 Keep up with Val at www.theArtofComforting.com.


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