An exploration of intent for narrative methods of inquiry
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An exploration of intent for narrative methods of inquiry

Sally Hardy Professor, Mental health and practice development, Mental health and learning disabilities, School of Community and Health Sciences at City University, London, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Sheila Gregory Mental health nurse, Newmarket House Clinic, Norwich, UK
Janet Ramjeet Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Unit, University of East Anglia, UK

Sally Hardy, Sheila Gregory and Janet Ramjeet ask what the place is for narrative in approaches in healthcare inquiry

This article discusses the purpose, process and usefulness of narrative-based research. Drawing on elements of naturalistic and constructivist approaches, the authors explore the processes and consequences of engaging in narrative-based inquiry. They propose a reconsideration of the intention, purpose and usefulness of gathering and using narratives, and suggest that narratives can provide healthcare practitioners with the opportunity to engage in inclusive research that can have a transformational effect on all research informants, including the researchers.

Nurse Researcher. 16, 4, 7-19. doi: 10.7748/nr2009.07.16.4.7.c7157

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