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Making use of older people's narratives

Price, Bob (2011). Making use of older people's narratives. Nursing Older People, 23(6) pp. 31–38.

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For some nurses, conversations with an older patient are simply the backdrop to caregiving; they represent social pleasantries that help to dignify the sometimes intimate work of the nurse. However, the narratives that patients share through conversations, the way in which incidents or feelings are expressed, can provide valuable additional information that can be used to improve care. This article explores what analysis of narratives has to offer the care of older people and a way of nursing that works more closely with patients' experience of illness, treatment and support. Narrative analysis is portrayed as one means to make nursing care more patient centred.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2011 RCN Publishing
ISSN: 1472-0795
Keywords: narratives; communicating with older people; gerontology; analysis; autobiography; personal narratives
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Item ID: 35548
Depositing User: Robert Price
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2012 10:03
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2012 10:07
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