Background and theoretical framework for a PhD study Narration and identity in interactions between nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s dementia and nursing staff are described (1). The aim of the study was to investigate how the past of nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s dementia becomes the subject of conversations in daily care, and what this might mean for the resident’s sense of identity. The theoretical framework and the concepts sprang from narrative theory, discourse analysis, and included the concept of narrative identity developed in social science, literary theory and philosophy.

A discussion on the suitability of the theoretical framework and the concepts closes the article.