The potential benefits of applying a narrative analytic approach for understanding the experience of fibromyalgia: a review

Disability & Rehabilitation, 05/08/2012

McMahon L et al. – The review concludes by emphasizing that narrative analysis is a valuable method which offers the potential for uncovering novel insights about the illness experience for these individuals.


  • This argument is made through reference to an examination of the extant qualitative literature on the experience of FM and theories and narrative studies on chronic illnesses and identity.


  • The empirical literature is reviewed from a narrative perspective; this assumes that the stories people tell reveal much about their identities and social worlds.
  • As such, it is proposed that narrative analysis is particularly well suited for exploring issues of self and culture and for appreciating how meanings evolve over time.
  • Further, it is also argued that consideration of these issues is particularly relevant for understanding the experience of FM given the enigmatic nature of the syndrome and its chronic course.

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