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Understanding and Using Health Experiences: Improving patient care

Sue Ziebland, Angela Coulter, Joseph D. Calabrese, and Louise Locock


Narrative interviewing is an approach to eliciting people’s accounts, or stories, of their experiences. Widely used in social science research, it has gained prominence in health research since the late 1990s. Narrative interviewing contrasts with semi-structured and structured techniques which tend to focus on specific topics introduced by the researcher. The growing popularity of the approach has coincided with the rise in the promotion of patient centred care. Narrative interviewing is mostly valued as a style of interview that seeks to get close to what is most important to participants th ... More

Keywords: Narrative, Interviews, Qualitative research, qualitative analysis, patients experiences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199665372
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665372.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sue Ziebland, editor
Reader in Qualitative Health Research and Research Director of Health Experiences Research Group, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, UK

Angela Coulter, editor
Director of Global Initiatives Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, Boston, USA and Senior Research Scientist Department of Public Health University of Oxford, UK

Joseph D. Calabrese, editor
Lecturer in Medical Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University College London, UK

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