Inquiry in Bioethics will
publish a collection of personal stories from patients who have navigated
challenges in creating transition plans for discharge from acute or post-acute
care hospitals. Elizabeth Pendo will edit the symposium: "Ethical Challenges in Discharge Planning: Stories from Patients."
plans are meant to ensure a safe transition home or to another care facility.
Patient goals, values, preferences, financial resources, abilities, support
systems, and other resources available in the community should be considered.
While many discharge decisions go smoothly, conflicts can arise. If not
resolved, conflicts can harm patient health and well-being. Harms can include
withdrawal, loss of trust, or being kept in institutional settings they do not
want or need.
NIB seeks first-person stories from people who, as patients, are currently or have
negotiated challenges in discharge planning about their experience. We want
true, personal stories in a form that is interesting and easy to read. Please
share this invitation and
guide sheet. In writing your story, consider these questions:
surprised you about the experience of developing a plan to leave the hospital?
Were there things you did not anticipate?
• How has
the experience affected you physically, emotionally, or economically?
conversations did you have with your doctor, nurse, or discharge team about the
plan for discharge? Did they have the information needed to create an
appropriate plan? Did you feel your wishes and perspectives were taken into
• Did a
doctor, nurse, or member of the discharge team raise concerns in the planning
process? Did you raise concerns? What were they? Were those concerns
• Were you
comfortable with the discharge plan offered? If not, what were the barriers to
your preferred plan?
would you like to tell doctors, nurses, and others involved in discharge
planning? • What would you like people who develop policies and laws to know
about discharge planning?
You do not
need to address each of these questions—write about the issues that you think
are most important to share. If you are not a writer, tell your story in your
own words and our editorial staff will help you. If you are interested in
submitting a story, NIB asks you first to submit a 300-word proposal—a short
description of the story you want to tell. Inquiries or proposals should be
sent to the editorial office via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NIB will give preference to story proposals received by February 24th. If your
story is invited, NIB will ask you to submit it within 6 weeks of the
invitation. Final stories are 4 – 10 double-spaced pages or 800 – 2000 words.
For more information about the journal Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, the
guidelines for authors, and privacy policies, visit our webpage at:
NIB plans to
publish 12 stories on this topic in its print edition; additional stories may
be published as online only supplemental material. NIB also publishes 3 – 4
commentary articles that discuss the stories that are published in the journal.
To see a finished symposium, please visit Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics' page
on Project MUSE and click on the unlocked, open-access issue.