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NIB News: March 2012

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Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics Completed First Volume (2011)

Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics is pleased to announce that its first three issues are now available in print and online through Project MUSE. Johns Hopkins University Press has generously made the first issue open access; issues 2 and 3 are available to subscribers and those with institutional access through Project MUSE.

Issue 1 contains a narrative symposium on the experiences of psychiatric hospitalization. Twelve individuals shared stories about their hospitalization experiences—what was positive and negative. They are followed by commentary articles by a psychiatrist and a mental health consumer advocate.

Issue 2’s symposium focuses on physicians’ financial relationships and how these affect medical research and practice. The picture that emerges is quite different from the standard picture presented in literature on conflicts of interest.

Issue 3 contains stories by nursing assistants who work in long-term care. These stories are frequently very moving as we gain insight into the day-to-day struggles and victories of health care workers who often remain hidden.

All three issues also contain case study and qualitative research articles on cutting edge themes in bioethics.


Calls for Stories

Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics currently seeks stories for several upcoming narrative symposia. Click on the links to read a full description of the call. Please forward these calls to your friends! The quality of our narrative symposia depends entirely on our ability to recruit great stories from people who are open to sharing their experiences.

Phase 1 Clinical Trials: Experiences of Patients and Healthy Volunteers” edited by Ana S. Iltis. Preference given to story proposals received by March 1st.

Parenting Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders During the Transition to Adulthood” edited by Kelly Dineen and Margaret Bultas. Preference given to story proposals received by March 1st.




Visit Our Forum

The Foundation for Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics has established a Forum on its website. The Forum will serve several purposes:

  • It will be a great place to share our current calls for stories. Stories are the backbone of the journal, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, and we are always looking to expand our circle of authors.
  • The Forum also provides a space to discuss particularly intriguing stories, narrative symposia, and articles. From time-to-time, we will invite individuals to publish additional commentaries.
  • We will also use the Forum to publish stories that do not fit in a narrative symposium, but complement the symposium. For example, our forthcoming issue on experiences of living organ donation will include stories from donors themselves. We could publish in the Forum stories from a transplant surgeon or an organ recipient.
ENTER FORUM




Forthcoming Issues in 2012:
  • “Living Organ Donation” edited by Elisa J. Gordon.
  • “Developing Health Care in Severely Resource-Constrained Settings” edited by Paul Farmer and Sadath Sayeed.
  • “Parenting Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders During the Transition to Adulthood” edited by Kelly Dineen and Margaret Bultas.


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