We are pleased to publish the first issue of volume eight of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics (NIB). The symposium includes 12 narratives detailing the experience of navigating personal and professional roles when family members are ill. Twelve stories appear in print and an additional six are available in the online supplement. Dr. Lauren Smith, the narrative symposium editor for the issue, along with members of the NIB editorial staff, wrote the call for stories and invited three commentary authors John C. Moskop, Arthur W. Frank, and Joanna Weinberg. The three have expertise in physician-patient relations, decision making, clinical ethics, narrative inquiry, health law and policy, and end-of-life care.
The research article in this issue, entitled "Views of Low-Income Women of Color at Increased Risk for Breast Cancer," was written by Emily E. Anderson, Silvia Tejada, Richard B. Warnecke, and Kent Hoskins. The authors conducted in-depth interviews with women who were recently told they were at increased risk of developing breast cancer. The interviews explored how well the women understood what it means to be at "increased risk" as well as their reactions to provider recommendations about how to minimize their risk.
The case study in this issue, from Frédéric Gilbert and John Noel M. Viaña, "A Personal Narrative on Living and Dealing with Psychiatric Symptoms," describes the case of a patient with Parkinson's disease who underwent deep brain stimulation to improve motor symptoms but subsequently became depressed and hypomanic. The care team uses qualitative methods to understand how the patient's postoperative mood changes affect her quality of life, despite improvements with her motor symptoms. This case study reinforces the need to disclose potential risks of treatments to patients as well as the importance of ensuring patients are well supported after surgery.
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