Narrative Medicine and Narrative Care: Developments in the Field—The State of Art of Narrative Methodologies in Healthcare, Success and Pitfalls as Well as New Perspective on Methodologies

  • Maria Giulia Marini


In 2014, the Lancet published a landmark report entitled Culture and health (Napier et al. 2014). In the report, the authors defined culture as ‘a set of practices and behaviours defined by customs, habits, language and geography that groups of individuals share’. Accordingly, they acknowledged that although much progress in medicine was made through epidemiological and basic science research, a significant shortcoming was the lack of systematic attention to culture. They made several recommendations: they suggested that medicine should accommodate the cultural construction of wellbeing, culture should be incorporated in health and healthcare provision and there should be a better understanding of agency (i.e. human intention and action) in light of cultural imprint. This led to the inception of the ‘cultural context for health’ taskforce. This taskforce was entitled to write a document on the research concerning healthcare improvement by adopting the methodology of narrative medicine (NM) in 2016.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Giulia Marini
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  1. 1.Department of Healthcare InnovationFondazione ISTUDMilanItaly

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