The inaugural issue of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics (NIB) was published in October, 2011. The pioneering journal explores current issues in bioethics through "narrative symposia" -collections of personal stories from stakeholders on a topic with commentaries from scholars-as well as more traditional case studies and qualitative research articles. The journal seeks to address the experiences of patients and research participants, as well as health care workers and researchers.
Issue 1 of NIB contains narratives from individuals who have experienced psychiatric hospitalization, issue 2 contains narratives from physicians on how financial relationships affect medical practice and research, and issue 3 contains narratives from nursing assistants working in long-term care. The 2012 volume will explore living organ donation, health care in resource poor nations, and the challenges of sustaining care as children with autism spectrum disorders transition to adulthood.
Says Charles W. Lidz, Ph.D. (Research Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School), "Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics is the most original idea I have seen for a journal in decades. Everyone agrees that respect for persons is a critical component of ethical behavior but somehow most of our journals are focused on the perspectives of academics not the people who experience the difficult bioethical dilemmas." Charles Lidz served as the editor of the narrative symposium on psychiatric hospitalization. Explaining his enthusiasm for the project, he notes that "We need to hear from everyone, the nurses aides who help people in and out of beds, the people with AIDS who get shunned by their neighbors, the doctors who have to negotiate with patients who want the 'wrong' treatments, and everyone else. NIB is giving a voice to everyone who plays a role in healthcare. It is a long overdue innovation."
Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics is published by the Johns Hopkins University Press and is available electronically through Project MUSE. The journal is edited by James M. DuBois, PhD, DSc (Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University), and Ana Iltis, PhD (Center for Bioethics, Health, and Society at Wake Forest University).
Inquiries or submissions to the journal should be directed to the editorial office via email.