Stories in all of their many forms, including books, plays, skits, movies, poems, and songs, appeal to individuals of all ages but especially the young. Children are easily engaged in stories, and today's generation of children, the millennium generation, demands interactive, multimedia-rich environments. Story as a teaching and learning technique is pervasive in the classroom but is infrequently used to promote health. Because of advancing technology, it is possible to create interactive digital storytelling programs that teach children health topics. Using digital storytelling in an interactive environment to promote health has not been tested, but there is empirical support for using story in health education and interactive technology to promote health. This article briefly reviews the literature and discusses how technology and storytelling can be joined to promote positive health outcomes.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Involvement in creative expression has the potential of engaging individuals in personal- and community-level change through reflection, empowerment, and the facilitation of connectedness. It is a process that can be a powerful component of community-based participatory research, as it can facilitate and support the principles of co-learning, egalitarian relationships, and respect for nonacademic knowledge. It is also a valuable means of appreciating culture and strengthening identity, which enhances health. This article reviews and discusses methods and benefits of incorporating creative expression into health promotion programs and community-based participatory research with Native Americans.
Family & community health 07/2010; 33(3):186-92. DOI:10.1097/FCH.0b013e3181e4bbc6 · 0.99 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: BlOMQVIST K, THEANDER E, MOWIDE I and LARSSON V. Nursing Inquiry 2010; 17: 317–323 What happens when you involve patients as experts? a participatory action research project at a renal failure unit
Although there is a trend towards developing health care in a patient-centred direction, changes are usually planned by the professionals without involving the patients. This paper presents an ongoing participatory action research project where patients with chronic renal failure, nurses at a specialist renal failure unit, a hospital manager and a researcher worked together to develop patient-centred care. The project combined the expertise of patients in their own experiences of living with a chronic condition with the professional expertise of nurses, the manager and the researcher. As the workload on the unit was uneven, the development work needed to be low in intensity but long-term. Based on a number of dialogues in focus groups, four main development areas were identified; access to test results, prerequisites for postponing the progress of the illness, general awareness and understanding of living with chronic renal failure, and family-focused care. A number of changes have been planned or implemented, such as developing a prototype for a web-based feed-back system, expanding patient education to newly diagnosed patients, steering the nurses' role towards a guiding and family-focused function, and planning a digital story-telling workshop. Involving committed people who have the mandate to change practices were prerequisites for success.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This article explores ethical considerations related to participatory visual and digital methods for public health research and practice, through the lens of an approach known as "digital storytelling." We begin by briefly describing the digital storytelling process and its applications to public health research and practice. Next, we explore 6 common challenges: fuzzy boundaries, recruitment and consent to participate, power of shaping, representation and harm, confidentiality, and release of materials. We discuss their complexities and offer some considerations for ethical practice. We hope this article serves as a catalyst for expanded dialogue about the need for high standards of integrity and a situated practice of ethics wherein researchers and practitioners reflexively consider ethical decision-making as part of the ongoing work of public health. (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print August 15, 2013: e1-e9. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301310).
American Journal of Public Health 08/2013; 104(9). DOI:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301310 · 4.55 Impact Factor
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