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Medical records and other stories: A narratological framework

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ian Purves


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A new model of the medical record is introduced which can incorporate context, structure, process and use of the medical record within a single narratological framework. It is claimed that the analysis of narrative and, in particular, the study of the story metaphor can provide a theoretical model which provides coherence within the broad discipline of Medical Informatics. It is argued that this framework maintains different levels of abstraction, is useful for teaching and clinical practice, and that its concepts can be readily understood by those in both lay and technical healthcare professions.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Kay S, Purves IN

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Methods of Information in Medicine

Year: 1996

Volume: 35

Issue: 2

Pages: 72-87

Print publication date: 01/01/1996

ISSN (print): 0026-1270

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PubMed id: 8755377