Narrative Matters

Narrative Matters features personal stories about experiences with the health care system and the people in it using the power of literary nonfiction to highlight an important public policy issue. We’re interested in well-written policy narratives, told as first-person stories, that explore problems and concerns with health care delivery, roles of providers or patients, need for research, system redesign, and changes in public policy.  Successful submissions will provide a unique perspective and reveal how the author’s thinking evolved over time. 


“The essays range from well-done to riveting.”--The Nieman Storyboard, a project of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University

Narrative Matters showcases some of health care's most stunning writing. The stories are moving, eloquent, and often unforgettable.”--Atul Gawande, M.D.

New at Narrative Matters
A Family Disease: Witnessing Firsthand The Toll That Dementia Takes On Caregivers

A geriatric psychiatrist recounts the lifecchanging stress experienced by relatives who care for loved ones with dementia.

Gary Epstein-Lubow

New at Narrative Matters
Lost In Translation: To Our Chinese Patient, Alzheimer's Meant 'Crazy And Catatonic'

When cultural perceptions get in the way, a Chinese geriatrician and his colleagues find a way to care for a patient newly diagnosed with dementia.

XinQi Dong and E-shien Chang

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