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Patient and Healthcare Professional Narratives

This guide discusses the importance of healthcare narratives and directs users to the appropriate resources to learn more about them.


See below for a few selections of narrative works available at Gumberg Library. Searching DUQSearch with keywords will return results for print books, journal articles, newspaper articles, and more.

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Searching for Health Care Narratives

The Gumberg Library has many physical copies of healthcare narratives, and you can use DUQSearch to find these narratives. You can limit your search by disease, use search terms to limit the author of the narrative to either a patient or a physician, or even use both limitations through an advanced search.

Once at the Advanced Search page, you'll have to enter search terms. A list of possible key search terms is below, but feel free to explore possible searches on your own.


illness OR disease autism
cancer physician
HIV OR AIDS nurses
narratives bipolar disorder
lived experience public opinion


Using "AND" in your search between terms will pull materials where both terms show up and using "OR" in your search will show materials where either one of the two terms is available. You can use the separate fields to organize your key search terms more clearly. DUQSearch will return results of many different formats including scholarly articles and video tutorials. To find book narratives, try limiting your search to printed books and eBook collections.


To Search for Narratives Authored by Patients:


To Search for Narratives Authored by Healthcare Professionals:

DUQSearch Advanced search example with key terms "cancer," "narrative, " and "healthcare professionals."


Note how many different key terms can be used to reference the same population. You can decide which professions you would like to include in your search. By selecting the right key terms, you will be able to narrow your search to the most relevant results while also ensuring that your search will include all the results that may be related but use different vocabulary. You can learn more about how to refine your search in DUQSearch with this guide.

Narrative Examples

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
Quicksand: HIV/AIDS in Our Lives
What It Is Like to Go to War
Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything In Between
I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse

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