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Employing the Arts for Knowledge Production and Translation: Visualising new possibilities for women speaking up about safety concerns in maternity

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posted on 03.01.2018, 14:10 by Nicola Mackintosh, Jane Sandall, Claire Collison, Wendy Carter, James Harris
Objectives: This project used animated film to translate research findings into accessible health information aimed at enabling women to speak up and secure professional help for serious safety concerns during pregnancy and after birth. We tested as proof of concept our use of the arts both as product (knowledge production) and process (enabling involvement). Background: Emergencies during pregnancy and birth, while unusual, can develop rapidly and unexpectedly, with catastrophic consequences. Women’s tacit knowledge of changes in their condition is an important resource to aid early detection, but women can worry about the legitimacy of their concerns, and struggle to get these taken seriously by staff. Design: Arts-based knowledge translation. A user group of women who had experienced complications in the perinatal period (n=34) helped us develop and pilot test the animation. Obstetricians and midwives (15), clinical leads (3) and user group representatives (8) helped with the design and testing. Findings: The consultation process, script and storyboard enabled active interaction with the evidence, meaningful engagement with stakeholders, and new understandings about securing help for perinatal complications. The method enabled us to address gender stereotypes and social norms about speaking up, and embed a social script for women within the animation, to help structure their help seeking. While for some women there was an emotional burden, the majority were glad to have been part of the animation’s development and felt it had enabled their voices to be heard. Conclusion: This project has demonstrated the benefits of arts-science collaborations for meaningful co-production and effective translation of research evidence.

History

Citation

Health Expectations, 2017, 1–12.

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF LIFE SCIENCES/School of Medicine/Department of Health Sciences

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Published in

Health Expectations

Publisher

Wiley Open Access

issn

1369-6513

isbn

1369-7625

Acceptance date

01/12/2017

Copyright date

2017

Available date

07/02/2018

Publisher version

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/hex.12660/abstract

Language

en