Journal of Research in Nursing 2018, Vol. 23(4) 344–345 ! The Author(s) 2018 Review: LEARNS: A creative Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav approach to analysing and DOI: 10.1177/1744987118756482 journals.sagepub.com/home/jrn representing narrative data incorporating photo-elicitation techniques Mark White Interim Area Director, Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development Unit, Health Service Executive, Kilcreene Hospital, Kilkenny, Ireland Stories are how people make sense of situations, objects, information or relationships. Story-telling (or narratives) draws us into a conversation, or a space where our stories, situations, experiences or perspectives can be shared. Narrative inquiry as a research method is relatively new in nursing and midwifery terms, but it has a long and varied history across other disciplines including psychology, anthropology and sociology. However, this by no means implies that there is a uniﬁed or standardised approach to studying and analysing narratives (Atkinson and Delamont, 2006). Deﬁnitions diﬀer with varying degrees of emphasis on the role, function and context of stories; making narrative inquiry less than straight forward for nursing and midwifery researchers to adopt as a mainstream research method. Faced with a very sensitive research topic the authors in this paper recognise some of the structural issues associated with using narrative inquiry and they introduce
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Published: Jun 1, 2018
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