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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.

Articles, Journals, & Databases

Below is the link to our full list of databases, as well as some key databases that may be helpful for you to consider.


Searching with Keywords

A keyword search can be used to expand your search beyond specific medical language while keeping your returned results relevant. While researching, observe if there are certain phrases or words that appear frequently in different articles that relate to your subject. It may also take multiple searches experimenting with different term combinations to find material on your specific subject.


Keyword Search:

APA Psychinfo example keyword search using the keywords "osteoporosis" and "lived experience"



Searching PubMed

Experiential narratives can seem unconventional compared to a typical medical subject search. To help limit your search to the most relevant articles, try including the following Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) terms:


Narratives Narrative Medicine
Attitude to Illness Clinical Exemplars
Speech Sample



MeSH Search:

PubMed MeSH Term Search Example using the medical subject heading term 'Narrative Ethics'


Full Text Options

This guide explains some of the most frequently used ways to find full text at Duquesne.

This tool will pop up in many databases and web pages and help you find full text. It takes less than one minute to setup.

Borrow From Other Libraries

There are ways of getting access to materials not available at Duquesne by contacting and borrowing from other libraries.

When Gumberg doesn’t have an article, you can order it for free electronic delivery using ILLiad.