Patient as paper: the visual arts and transformative reframing in medical education

Patient as paper: the visual arts and transformative reframing in medical education

Kathleen Leedham-Green and Emma BarnardZoom

Patient As Paper is a collection of artworks demonstrating how the visual arts can facilitate the expression of patients’ authentic thoughts and feelings. It is the result of a five-year collaboration between artist Emma Barnard and consultant Mike Papesch:

‘As a doctor I wanted to look at patient experience and different ways of understanding what the patients are going through mentally and emotionally and not just physically. Working with Emma allowed us to investigate this through the medium of fine art photography as a radically different way (from a medical perspective) of assessing patient experience’.

There are many reasons why patients keep their feelings hidden from their consultant during treatment. Patients may look up to them, but also fear the power they have over life and death. Consultants also have barriers to seeing which Foucault describes as the ‘medical gaze’. This ‘abstracts the suffering person from her sociological context and reframes her as a case or a condition’.

Emma Barnard will discuss the methodology and process behind the Patient As Paper project and Dr Kay Leedham-Green will discuss how the humanities can drive transformational learning in clinical education.

Imperial College London, UK
Wed 14:30 - 16:00
Creative Methodologies, Visual Culture
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