Special Issue "Narrative in Health and Social Care"

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Community Care".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Covelli Venusia
Guest Editor
STORIOSS Research Center, Faculty of Psychology, e-Campus University, Novedrate, Como, Italy.
Interests: narrative research; narrative-based medicine; narrative medicine; disability and health; qualitative research methods; mixed methods

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue focuses on the use of narrative in clinical and research practice, and on its potential to actively involve both patients and health professionals to the improvement of patient healthcare. The focus on narrative will be twofold: On one hand, it is on clinical practice and on how narrative medicine has encouraged the training of health professionals in the use of patient narratives in clinical practice over the past twenty years. On the other hand, the focus is on narrative research that, thanks to the collection and use of the patients and healthcare professionals’ narratives, is similarly placed among the objectives of improving clinical practice.

The present Special Issue intends to share the experience of various international research groups, favoring a methodological reflection between different health professionals that can bring the research procedure closer to daily medical practice, with the aim of encouraging and improving patient care.

We welcome papers (original research papers—qualitative research, quantitative research, and mixed methods research—review articles, book reviews) addressing some of the core research questions related to narrative strategies and evidence applied to several topics, such as:

  • How patients’ illness experience can be used in clinical practice;
  • The role of narrative (medicine and research) in the doctor–patient relationship;
  • Narratives in Health Education;
  • Formal and informal caregivers’ burden: using their stories to reflect on care;
  • Health professionals’ quality of life;
  • Narrative and disability: the potential of narratives on disability studies;
  • Narrative and identity: creating self in the narrative;
  • Narrative and the impact of living with a chronic or rare disease.

Dr. Covelli Venusia
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Healthcare is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Narrative medicine
  • narrative research
  • Narrative medicine and narrative research in health and social care
  • Narrative tools in health and social care
  • Narrative medicine and narrative research in disability studies
  • Narrative in the doctor–patient relationship
  • Narrative and identity
  • Narrative writing and psychotherapy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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