“Everyone has a story to tell”: A review of life stories in learning disability research and practice

Ledger, Sue; Mccormack, Noelle; Walmsley, Jan; Tilley, Elizabeth and Davies, Ian (2021). “Everyone has a story to tell”: A review of life stories in learning disability research and practice. British Journal of Learning Disabilities (Early Access).

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/bld.12388

Abstract

In this paper, the authors review life stories in learning disability research and practice since the 1960s. Although there is consistent evidence of their value in giving people a voice and an identity beyond the service label, they are not widely used in the provision of health and social care. This is despite long‐standing policy commitments to person‐centred practice. The paper explores possible barriers to the use of life story work and what further research is needed if they are to be more widely and effectively used in practice.

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