The Intima is an electronic journal dedicated to promoting the theory and practice of narrative medicine, an interdisciplinary field aiming to enhance health care through the development of effective communication and understanding between caregivers and their patients. By providing an online venue for the expression of personal experience within the medical arena, The Intima creates space for caregivers, professionals, patients, and families to share their narratives in a format that fosters empathy, reflection, and deeper understanding of the diversity inherent in effective delivery of care. Find out more here: http://www.theintima.org/index.html
Call for Case Studies and Narrative Education Reports
Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: A Journal of Qualitative Research is a peer-reviewed journal published by Johns Hopkins University Press.
Case studies. Case study articles are stand-alone articles that include an in-depth description and analysis of one or more instructive cases from health care that involve an ethical problem. The author or authors of a case study must be personally involved in the case being discussed. NIB welcomes case studies on a variety of subjects, including clinical care of patients, institutional undertakings, and policy initiatives. Case studies should be rich in description and should contain an analysis of the case that explores how the ethical challenges might best be addressed and what can be learned from the case. All case studies must adhere to the confidentiality principles outlined in the Author Guidelines. The editors may or may not invite commentaries on the case study. Case study articles should be 3,500-5,000 words.
Narrative Education Reports. NIB publishes reports on the integration of narrative writing, journaling, or literature into the education of health professionals. Articles may be written as case studies describing and evaluating educational programs or as outcomes research studies using qualitative or mixed methods. Narrative Education Report articles will ordinarily range from 2,000-4,000 words.
Author Guidelines and further information about the Journal are available at: http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/narrative_inquiry_in_bioethics/guidelines.html
You may access a free copy of a past issue of the Journal here: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/narrative_inquiry_in_bioethics/toc/nib.1.1.html
Please direct inquiries and submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: A Journal of Qualitative Research (NIB), published by Johns Hopkins University Press, provides a forum for exploring current issues in bioethics through the publication and analysis of personal stories, qualitative and mixed methods research articles, and case studies. Articles may address the experiences of patients and research participants, as well as health care workers and researchers. NIB seeks to publish articles that will appeal to a broad readership of health care providers and researchers, bioethicists, sociologists, policy makers, and others.
NIB invites 3 kinds of contributions:
- Personal Stories. We seek true personal stories that will be included in “narrative symposia.” Each symposium will be on a specific topic, and will include 8 to 15 personal stories on the topic, followed by two commentary articles exploring themes in the stories to extract lessons or insights.
- Our first three narrative symposia will be on the following topics:
- Living with Conflicts of Interest in Medicine (Symposium Editor, James DuBois)
- Nursing Assistants in Long-Term Care Facilities (Symposium Editor, Amy Haddad)
- Experiences of Psychiatric Hospitalization (Symposium Editor, Charles Lidz)
- Our first three narrative symposia will be on the following topics:
Please visit our website http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/narrative_inquiry_in_bioethics/ for details on the narrative symposia, our guidelines for authors, and the kinds of stories we seek. For our first three issues, we will give priority to story proposals received by October 15, 2010; cases studies and research articles may be submitted at any time.
- Qualitative Research Studies. We invite researchers to submit articles that report on qualitative or mixed methods research studies that address significant topics in the area of bioethics. Visit our website for guidelines for authors http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/narrative_inquiry_in_bioethics/guidelines.html
- Case Studies. We invite ethicists and other scholars to submit articles that discuss cases in health care or medical research that raise interesting ethical issues. Visit our website for guidelines for authors http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/narrative_inquiry_in_bioethics/guidelines.html
Call for Stories for a Narrative Symposium: Living with the Label “Disability” | Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics—A Journal of Qualitative Research | Edited by Jeffery Bishop, MD, PhD and Naomi Sunderland, PhD
Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics will publish an issue focused on stories from people living with impairment-highlighting their encounters with both medical practice and research. The word “disability” suggests a coherent group with a set of common characteristics. Yet, there exists a broad spectrum of impairments experienced by the group of people with “disabilities.” Attention to such differences is important and diverse accounts may aide a more open and honest dialogue between stakeholders, policy makers, healthcare workers, and academics. We would like your true, personal stories in a form that is interesting and easy to read.
In writing your story, you might want to think about:
- How does the label “disability” interact with other aspects of your life in health care settings, for example your gender, culture, and geographical location?
- How does the term “disability” reflect your actual embodied experiences of impairment?
- When does the label “disability” not do justice to your particular experience of impairment?
- Have you accepted the label “disability” in your life? If yes, what effects has this had for you and others e.g. family, friends, health care providers, and co-workers?
- Describe the kind of experiences you might have that are possible because of your impairment.
- How have labels of disability affected the degree to which you feel that your “authentic voice” has been heard by others e.g. family, friends, health care providers?
- How has the impact of the label disability changed for you over time e.g. as you have aged or as societal expectations and standards have changed?
- How has the label “disability” been a hindrance in your life? Has the label been beneficial?
- What else might you want people to know?
You do not need to address all of these questions-write on the issues that you think are most important to share with others. You do not need to be a writer, just tell your story in your own words. We plan to publish 12 stories (800 – 2000 words) on this topic. Additional stories may be published as online-only supplemental material. We also publish two to four commentary articles that discuss the stories in the journal. If we receive more stories than we can publish in the journal then the 1000 Voices group will invite those authors to share their stories on the 1000 Voices website.
If you are interested in submitting a story, we ask you first to submit a 300-word proposal-a short description of the story you want to tell. Please include a statement about 1) what type of impairment you are living with and 2) what country you live in. Inquiries or proposals should be sent to the editorial office via email: email@example.com
Preference given to story proposals received by October 31, 2012. For more information about the journal Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, the guidelines for authors, and privacy policies, visit our webpage with Johns Hopkins University Press at:
Every issue of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics will be available electronically to over 1,000 institutional subscribers via ProjectMUSE.
Creating Space II: Taking narrative and reflection to the next level in health professional education, research and practice
A special symposium organized in conjunction with the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME), sponsored by the Canadian Association for Medical Education’s “Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences in Medicine” (AHSSM) Educational Interest Group (EIG).
Date: Saturday April 14, 2012 | Location: Banff, Alberta
Abstract (500 word) Submission Deadline: January 15, 2012
We are organizing a one-day symposium on narrative and reflection that will be held on April 14th, 2012 in conjunction with the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME). This symposium has been organized to provide a forum for researchers, educators, and others interested in the role of arts, humanities and social sciences perspectives in health professional education. We are inviting clinical and medical educators, students, practitioners, creative writers and artists, and scholars from different humanities disciplines, to participate in a day-long conversation focused on exploring a diversity of narrative and reflective practices across the continuum of learning, including interprofessional learning. We hope to foster an open space for dialogue regarding theoretical framings and methodologies informing current and best practices, along with opportunities for advancing inquiry in this area by identifying a range of pressing research questions. We will be developing a single-track symposium programme, along with a poster display.
ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS: We are inviting abstract submissions that consider different approaches to narrative and reflection in health professional education that bridge the arts, humanities, and/ or social sciences perspectives and healthcare. Specifically, we are interested in the impact of narrative and reflection, including how different kinds of evidence/ inquiry might bear on questions of the value and contribution of narrative and reflection. We also hope to ignite new creative connections, and possibly collaborations, among participants. We look forward to expanding appreciation and understanding of the possibilities of narrative and arts-based learning, and generating or enhancing a reflective openness in health professional education. Various presentation approaches may be suggested. Individual and panel presentations, and other creative approaches such as reflective dialogues; reflective readings/ performances, etc. may be proposed. Presentations may be described that involve oral and written narratives, visual narratives, audio, and other performative genres. Submissions for poster presentations are also welcome. Abstracts are invited in relation to three broad themes:
1) Innovative pedagogical conceptualizations and strategies that advance understanding of the contributions of narrative (e.g., narrative reasoning);
2) Papers that are conceptually well-grounded and explore theoretical, or ethical, and/ or related research questions regarding the role and contributions of narrative and reflective practice in undergraduate, postgraduate or continuing health professional education.
3) “Best practice” educational initiatives in this area that have been introduced to advance compassion, caring and empathy in healthcare (NB: these will most often be considered in relation to a poster presentation)
We encourage submissions on a diverse range of topics relevant to health professional education, such as:
- Situating narrative and reflection in health professional education: past and future
- Evaluating/ assessing current contributions and impact
- Narrative identity(ies): Personal and professional development
- Defining “narrative competence” and ; narrative reasoning
- Impact Patient safety; medical error
- Exposing the hidden curriculum
- Narratives of growth and becoming a clinician
- Developing one’s moral imagination and sense of professionalism through narrative and story
- Ethics and aesthetics: Bearing witness and responding to another’s narrative
- Interplay of voice / competing cultural narratives
- Intertextual/ media tensionalities
- Transformative readings and imaginings
- Narrative humility and accountability
- Limits and pitfalls; constraints – other issues and complexities
Maximum length of abstract: 500 words, not including title, and listed authors. Indicate if you want your submission to be considered: 1) for a paper/ panel/ performance presentation only (specify), or 2) as a poster, or 3) indicate if you are open to considering either presentation format category. Proposals should be of interest to a diverse audience of healthcare educators and scholars, and serve as a departure point for lively discussion. All co-authors listed should have knowledge of the submission. Please include a short biographical statement for the presenting authors (maximum 100 words). One author should be identified as the corresponding author. All communication regarding the submission will be directed to the identified corresponding author.
Please submit your abstract in a Microsoft Word document by email attachment to Pamela Brett-MacLean and Tom Rosenal at: firstname.lastname@example.org
SUBMISSION DEADLINE/ REVIEW: The deadline for abstract submissions is January 15th, 2012. Abstracts will be considered in relation to fit and contribution (e.g., addresses at least one of the symposium themes, contributes well to the overall programme; substantive contribution to education, practice ore related research involving narrative &/ or reflection); as well as quality (organization and coherence). We anticipate completing our review of the submissions by the end of January, with a decision communicated to the corresponding author by early February regarding the outcome of the review process (i.e., if the abstract has been accepted as a paper or poster, or if their submission has not been included in this year’s programme). The conference programme will be posted online by mid- to late-February on the AHSSM EIG website at http://www.ahssm-eig.ca<http://www.ahssm-eig.ca/> (which is currently under construction).
American Journal of Kidney Diseases (AJKD) publishes a regular feature, “In a Few Words,” in which AJKD hopes to give voice to the personal experiences and stories that define kidney disease. They will accept for review nonfiction, narrative submissions up to 1,600 words, regarding the personal, ethical, or policy implications of any aspect of kidney disease in adults and children (acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, dialysis, transplantation, ethics, health policy, genetics, etc). Footnotes or references are discouraged. Any submission which refers to real patients must be either unidentifiable or approved by the patient(s) described. Submissions from physicians, allied health professionals, patients, or family members are welcome. Items for consideration should be submitted via AJKD’s outline manuscript handling site: www.editorialmanager.com/ajkd Questions or requests for assistance may be directed to the editorial office staff at: AJKD@tuftsmedicalcenter.org
Call for Proposals–Narrative Symposium: Delivering Health Care in Severely Resource-Constrained Settings
Edited by Paul Farmer, MD, PhD and Sadath Sayeed, JD, MD
Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics will publish an issue devoted to personal stories about the experiences of delivering health care to the poor in severely resource-constrained settings. We believe the soul of global health work can be recaptured by story-telling. Narratives remind us of the immense challenges—programmatic and moral—involved in this work, and why global health demands of its practitioners an alternate mode of audit than sterile academic methodologies. It returns to the moral sentiments that led us to this work in the first place.
We want your true, personal stories in a form that is interesting and easy to read. In writing your story, you might want to think about:
- Why have you made it your life’s work to help poor people to receive decent and adequate health care services?
- Describe some of the joys, challenges, and frustrations you face as a health care practitioner for the poor?
- What does the popularization of “global health” amongst the wealthiest communities of health care providers mean to you and the population you serve?
- What should a commitment to human equality require of us?
- What should a commitment to human justice require of us?
- Is access to decent, adequate and affordable health care a local, provincial, national, and/or global moral and ethical concern? On whose shoulders should the responsibility for its ultimate achievement rest?
You do not need to address each of these questions—write on the issues that you think are most important to share with others. If you are not a writer, just tell your story in your own words and our editorial staff will work with you.
We plan to publish 10 to 12 brief stories (4 – 10 double-spaced pages or 800 – 2000 words) on this topic. Some additional stories may be published as online-only supplemental material. We will also publish one or two commentary articles that discuss the stories that are published in the journal. If you are interested in submitting a story, we ask you first to submit a 300-word proposal—a short description of the story you want to tell. Inquiries or proposals should be sent to the editorial office via email: email@example.com . We will give preference to story proposals received by Oct. 30, 2011. For more information about the journal Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, the guidelines for authors, and privacy policies, visit our webpage with Johns Hopkins University Press at: http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/narrative_inquiry_in_bioethics/guidelines.html
A sample of the material published by Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics is found at: http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/narrative_inquiry_in_bioethics/sample_reader.html
Recommended reading, Eileen Valinoti’s first-person narrative on the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine:
After graduating from nursing school in 1954, I went back home until a hospital apartment became available. My mother bragged about my achievement to all the neighbors (my nursing expertise; my brilliant grades; my job offers overflowing in the mailbox). Our working class neighbors began to seek my advice on every imaginable affliction—arriving unannounced after dinner to show me their strange rashes, moles, warts and boils. I was amazed by their blind faith. Overnight it seemed my nursing degree had given me magical powers. Anxious to please, I did my best, keeping my answers as vague as possible.
An interesting article posted on the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine Web site, Inviting in the Life World: Illness Narratives and Personal and Creative Writing in Medical Education, by Jessica Singer Early and Meredith DeCosta. The abstract reads:
This paper shares a historical framework for understanding the inclusion of literature and creative writing courses in medical schools around the world. Furthermore, it examines how these two instructional approaches teach significantly different perspectives about the role of doctors in relation to their patients. More specifically, the recent use of patient and doctor narratives and personal and creative writing in medical courses represents an important pedagogical shift in medical training to include more of the life world of patients and doctors.
Replace the words “doctor” and “medicine” with “nurse” and “nursing” and the point still pertains.