Patient narrative in person-centred care

Funder information

  • ' Gothenburg Centre for Person Centred Care
  • * £26,000
  • & 2018 – 2021

Narratives have specific significance in healthcare because medicine is embodied, often ritualized, through the rhetorical forms of narration. Narratives can allow health professionals to acknowledge the person, their needs, goals and resources, and uncover diagnostic and therapeutic options. This project aims to investigate the processes of narrative elicitation and documentation as they unfold in clinical practice. We will examine how through Person Centred approaches patients’ life-world goals and capabilities shape the elicitation and the documentation of narratives. We will explore the ways these are similar or differ from standard forms used for medical histories.


In collaboration with

  • A Professor Nicky Britten: University of Exeter
  • A Dr Axel Wolf: University of Gothenburg
  • A Oncel Naldermirci: UMEA