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Keywords

blogging, creative writing, information technology, therapeutic writing

 

Authors

  1. Atkinson, Ronda BSN, RN
  2. Hare, Tania BSN, RN, CIC
  3. Merriman, Miranda MHI
  4. Vogel, Anne BSN, RN

Abstract

Expressive writing is recognized as having therapeutic benefits including fewer stress-related visits to the doctor, improved immune system functioning, reduced blood pressure, improved functional status, fewer days in the hospital, feelings of greater psychological well-being, reduced depressive symptoms, fewer posttraumatic intrusion and avoidance symptoms, improved memory and sleep, and faster healing after surgery. Combine this with current popularity of social networking, and there is a formula for improved patient outcomes.