You have now completed this short exploration of narratives, those that patients or relatives might use and that you might employ yourself. Narratives are important since they tell the story of what is, and has been, happening to ourselves. Therefore understanding these can be invaluable when planning healthcare and understanding how others react to the care or treatment that we arrange. Misunderstood narratives (those that have not been adequately attended to) can be the cause of complaint, confusion, or even greater risk in healthcare. By attending to narratives more closely, you will be better equipped to work successfully with clients and colleagues – those with a vested interest in healthcare improvement.