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How to collaborate on producing a life story

08 June 2011

Learning Disability Practice


This article draws on Melanie Chapman’s experiences of supporting Daniel Docherty, who has a learning disability and Asperger syndrome, to write his life story. It...

Life story work and nursing home residents with dementia

21 May 2009

Nursing Older People


Research has indicated that one means of seeing clients with dementia as individual people, and gaining insight into their lives, is through listening to the stories...

Using life story work to enhance care

27 October 2011

Nursing Older People


Life story work has been promoted as a tool to enhance the care provided to older people, particularly those with dementia. The benefits for individuals, families...

Narrative and narrative enquiry in health and social sciences

01 April 2010

Nurse Researcher

issues in research

Increasingly, narrative and life story are being used in health and social sciences, and other disciplines. Narrative analysis assumes multiple forms in a variety of...

A life story toolkit to support recovery from mental distress

12 September 2012

Mental Health Practice


Many people who use mental health services find their identity is defined in terms of their diagnosis or associated difficulties. Life story work can help the person...

The under-used resource of historical research

01 April 2008

Nurse Researcher

issues in research

A Complete System of Nursing (Ashdown 1934) describes the strongly held view of the ‘good nurse’ as a capable, respectable, vocationally oriented and even-tempered...

The value of life story work for staff, people with dementia and family members

31 May 2017

Nursing Older People

Evidence & practice

Dementia is a term used to describe a collection of symptoms that include problems with memory, self-care, reasoning and communication. Care interventions that focus...

Using a practice development project to improve standards of care for people with dementia

01 October 2012

Nursing Older People

Residential homes

A multidisciplinary NHS specialist education and training team was set up to work with staff in the care home sector who are caring for older people with dementia....