Kelemen, ML, Surman, E and Dikomitis, L (2018) Cultural animation in health research: An innovative methodology for patient and public involvement and engagement. Health Expectations, 21 (4). pp. 805-813. ISSN 1369-6513

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A significant challenge in Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) in health research is to include a wide range of opinions and experiences, including from those who repeatedly find themselves at the margins of society.

To contribute to the debate around PPIE by introducing a bottom‐up methodology: cultural animation (CA). Cultural Animation is an arts‐based methodology of knowledge co‐production and community engagement which employs a variety of creative and participatory exercises to help build trusting relationships between diverse participants (expert and non‐experts) and democratize the process of research.

Three CA full‐day workshops for the research project “A Picture of Health.”

Each workshop was attended by 20‐25 participants including 4 academics, 5 retired health professionals who volunteered in the local community and 15 community members. Participants ranged in age from 25 to 75 years, and 80% of the participants were women over the age of 60.

The CA workshops unearthed a diversity of hidden assets, increased human connectivity, led to rethinking of and co‐creating new health indicators and enabled participants to think of community health in a positive way and to consider what can be developed.

Cultural animation encourages participants to imagine and create ideal pictures of health by experimenting with new ways of working together.

We conclude by highlighting the main advantages to PPIE as follows: CA provides a route to co‐produce research agendas, empowers the public to engage actively with health professionals and make a positive contribution to their community.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2018 The Authors Health Expectations published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: arts-based methodologies; collaborative research; cultural animation; empowerment; health research; participatory research; patient and public involvement and engagement
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Keele Management School
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2018 14:52
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2019 16:52

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