Abstract: Cultural Animation is an arts-based method of knowledge co-production and community engagement. It employs a variety of creative and participatory exercises to help build trusting relationships between participants. This article reports on three CA full-day workshops for the research project "A Picture of Health." Each workshop was attended by 20-25 people 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 connectivity, led to co-creating new health indicators and enabled participants to think of community health in a positive way and to consider what can be developed. The authors conclude that the main advantages of this approach is that it provides a route to co-produce research agendas and empowers the public to engage actively with health professionals and make a positive contribution to their community.
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Categories: journal article service users and carers researchers relevant to all service users general principles of good practice guidance/guidelines lessons from direct experience of involvement designing of research
Date Entered: 2019/02/19
Date Edited: 2019/02/19