health communication, narrative education, nurse, oral learners, storytelling



  1. Cadenhead, Virginia H.


ABSTRACT: This state of the science review synthesizes the current literature and theoretical background of storytelling as a health communication tool for oral learners. Storytelling is globally applicable in a variety of settings and formats. Cultural considerations are important. Both theoretical and biblical examples explain how storytelling can influence knowledge, behaviors, attitudes, and outcomes. Although further research is needed, evidence indicates storytelling is an effective tool that nurses can use to fulfill their essential duty of health teaching.