Narrative research is about helping people to tell their stories but it is only when these stories are crafted together do they become narratives (Frank 2008). This paper will discuss the creation of narrative from the stories of individuals who have experienced the mental health care system in the UK. Their stories highlight a number of issues that are often unheard or dismissed as being too subjective to be of value for (objective) evidenced based practice. This paper will discuss how using traditional data collection methods, stories from “hard to reach” participants can be woven together to form strong narratives. Narrative methods are used to analyse the stories in a way that will authentically support evidence based practice that at the same time respects and values the subjective collective voice.
Nursing | Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Lloyd, M. (2009) 'Telling stories: Writing narrative'. The International Journal of Narrative Practice, 1(1), 161-168
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Lloyd, Marjorie, "Telling stories: Writing narrative" (2009). Health Science. Paper 13.