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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Stories in palliative care
Author(s): Eva, Gail
Paley, John
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Keywords: Stories
palliative care
narrative-based medicine
Issue Date: Aug-2006
Date Deposited: 20-May-2013
Citation: Eva G & Paley J (2006) Stories in palliative care. Progress in Palliative Care, 14 (4), pp. 155-164.
Abstract: The significance of stories in palliative care, told by patients or professionals, has been increasingly recognised in recent years, part of the wider acknowledgement of narrative-based medicine.They are regarded as a resource for both clinical work and healthcare education, a view which is not challenged in this paper. The opposite side of the coin, however, is a marked tendency to romanticise stories, and to overlook the ways in which they exploit what one writer calls ‘narratives eduction'. Here, we review the nature of stories, offering reminders about why they are told, and how they elicit emotional responses in readers. We then discuss four reasons for caution when evaluating stories - in palliative care as in any other walk of life - using a series of ‘approaching death' narratives by way of illustration. Our conclusion is, not that we have reason to be sceptical about stories, but that we have reason to be vigilant.
DOI Link: 10.1179/096992606X112379
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