Submission ID 90431

Poster Code HR-P-102
Title of Abstract Visual images and art in medicine: A scoping review protocol on graphic medicine
Abstract Submission Using visual images as tools for teaching and learning are not novel in medical education. Historic textbooks of surgical procedures ("Gekakihaizufu", 1840) or instruments, such as X-rays, that make bodily processes visible have been used extensively but are typically deprived of patient experiences. Graphic medicine, the use of comics or graphic narratives to convey information, is an emerging concept and tool of representing health and illness in visual narratives. Graphic medicine has been described as a movement that challenges the dominant scholarship in healthcare while diversifying perspectives of health, illness, disability, caregiving, and being cared for (Czerwiec et al., 2015). Not only may graphic medicine share complex or difficult experiences of health, creating a graphic narrative might also facilitate healing from medical or health trauma among its authors. Trauma could sometimes manifest as what Czerwiec describes as "narrative constipation" (2009; 2015), in which individuals are distressed and unable to simply write or speak about their health experiences. Thus, Czerwiec proposes that creating a graphic narrative has the potential to alleviate the struggle of being able to share one's experiences. As a part of my larger doctoral project, I aim to conduct a scoping review to identify the impacts of creating graphic narratives for mental health and trauma through answering the following questions: (1) How have visual art therapeutic interventions been used for mental health support in marginalized populations?, and (2) How are visual art therapeutic interventions perceived by marginalized populations? Findings of this review will be used to inform facilitation plans of conducting graphic narrative workshops. More generally, conclusions of this scoping review will articulate how visual arts-based therapeutic interventions have been used for vulnerable populations, which would further support the potential use of art therapy for mental health support and trauma within primary care research and practice.
Please indicate who nominated you Dr. Aimee K. Ryan, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University
What Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) institute is your research most closely aligned? Health Services and Policy Research
Population and Public Health
What Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) pillar of health research does your research fall under? Population health
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Presenter and Author(s) Rebecca Zhao
Kathleen Rice

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