Telling a story, writing a narrative: terminology in health care Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper examines the current use of the terms 'story', 'narrative' and 'voice' within health care. It argues that the focus on narrative forms is related to nursing's professional development of an alternative epistemology to science, and to nursing theorists' mistrust of 'Enlightenment' modes. However, in order for this project to be productively developed it is necessary to distinguish story from narrative: the former is an informal activity, the latter is meditative and theoretical. Both have therapeutic dimensions.

publication date

  • June 1995