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Using MRI art, poetry, photography and patient narratives to bridge clinical and human experiences of stroke recovery


Integrating co-produced humanities-based pedagogy into patient and workforce education is of growing interest. The aim of our Depth of Field: Exploring Stroke Recovery project grew from a strong commitment to use patients' lived experiences as a voice to educate new stroke patients and the health professional staff who will care for them. The aim of the initial Quality Improvement project at a West Australian Stroke Rehabilitation Unit (SRU) was to co-produce a reflective learning resource with stroke patients and their families to help navigate the stroke recovery journey. A series of artefacts (documentary-style photographs, audio-narrated vignettes, MRI images and poetry) were collected from four stroke patients and their families at differing stages of recovery over 12 months as they recounted the honest and raw reality of what life is really like following a stroke. These artefacts were used in a pilot qualitative project to explore new stroke patients, their families and SRU health professional staff perceptions towards the artefacts in order to inform the final educational resource. These findings enhance our understandings of how we can use art and patient (healthcare consumers) voice to widen the lens of stroke recovery and provides a valuable template to co-produce peer-to-peer and health professions education reflective learning resources to promote more human- centred approaches to care.

  • arts in health
  • education
  • narrative medicine
  • patient narratives
  • poetry

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