Cultural contexts of health [electronic resource] : the use of narrative research in the health sector / Trisha Greenhalgh
- Greenhalgh, Trisha
- Copenhagen : Health Evidence Network : WHO Regional Office for Europe, 
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (1 PDF file (viii, 54 pages)) : illustrations
- Additional Creators:
- Health Evidence Network
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe
- Health Evidence Network synthesis report, 2227-4316 ; 49
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- License restrictions may limit access.
- Narrative (storytelling) is an essential tool for reporting and illuminating the cultural contexts of health - that is, the practices and behaviour that groups of people share and which are defined by customs, language and geography. This report reviews the literature on narrative research, offers some quality criteria for appraising such research and gives three detailed worked case examples: diet and nutrition, well-being, and mental health in refugees and asylum seekers. Storytelling (and story interpretation) belongs to the humanistic disciplines and is not a pure science, although established techniques of social science can be applied to ensure rigour in sampling and data analysis. The case studies illustrate how narrative research can convey the individual experience of illness and well-being, thereby complementing (and sometimes challenging) epidemiological and public health evidence.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references.
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