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Leadership Intensive
  
Pittsburgh, PA
October 12-15, 2017

The American Balint Society

is a member society of the 

International Balint Federation.

The American Balint Society

is a member society of the 

International Balint Federation.

The American Balint Society

is a member society of the 

International Balint Federation.

HomeThe Evidence

There is a good deal of published writing and research on Balint Groups.  The International Balint Federation has begun a project to develop an online resource of annotated references.  Until that is available we present here some selected references:


The original reference to “patient-centered medicine.”

  • Balint. The possibilities of patient-centered medicine. The Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners (1969) vol. 17 (82) pp. 269-76 [PubMed link]


More recent literature:

  • Turner and Malm. A preliminary investigation of balint and non-balint behavioral medicine training. Family medicine (2004) vol. 36 (2) pp. 114-22 [Family Medicine journal link]
  • Johnson et al. Essential characteristics of effective Balint group leadership. Family medicine (2004) vol. 36 (4) pp. 253-9 [Family Medicine journal link]
  • Kjeldmand et al. Balint training makes GPs thrive better in their job. Patient education and counseling (2004) vol. 55 (2) pp. 230-5 [PubMed link]
  • Lichtenstein and Lustig. Integrating intuition and reasoning--how Balint groups can help medical decision making. Australian family physician (2006) vol. 35 (12) pp. 987-9 [PubMed link]
The Society for Teachers of Family Medicine maintains a wiki, kept up to date by our own Laurel Milberg. It lists many references. Go to http://www.fmdrl.org/group/index.cfm?event=c.showWikiHome&wikiId=85 and click on "Balint Groups" in the menu to the right. 
 
In addition the ABS has developed various handouts that help explain the process and support people leading groups. These include:

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