Who We Are

The Narrative Healthcare Network is a platform that explores and cultivates the application of narrative practices within healthcare.

A narrative practice within healthcare promotes a critical and skilled attention to people’s narratives in the healthcare setting and encourages creativity and reflection.

We investigate and connect the fields of the humanities and science and aim to reinforce the application of narrative competencies in the way we deliver care and support healing.

Recent Blog Entries

Listening suggestions

Stories are not fixed entities with one truth. They are edited and viewed through a lens of the past, the present, and expectations for the future. Therefor we need to listen. What care professionals learn from patients’ use of language,…

A Conversation with Dr. Danielle Ofri

Last week we celebrated the first Narrative Healthcare Network Meetup. We were excited to welcome Dr. Danielle Ofri, author and practicing internist from New York City, in the Chassé Theater in Breda, the Netherlands. In her new book ‘What…

Healthcare as a Creative Practice

Creativity might be a scary word to use in the context of healthcare. Especially when it comes down to the patient-physician relationship. We do however use it quite often when it comes down to healthcare innovation, mostly in the technological…

Empathy toward those who suffer

Thomas Goetz, author of “The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized Medicine” published on KevinMD  in 2010 “How can doctors successfully engage their patients?” Goetz writes about “Five things…

A close reader of illness

“In examining disease, we gain wisdom about anatomy and physiology and biology. In examining the person with disease, we gain wisdom about life.” – Oliver Sacks Medicine has grown significantly in its ability to diagnose and treat biological…

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