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Face2face: sharing the photograph within medical pain encounters; a means of democratization

Zakrzewska, Joanna M; Padfield, Deborah G; (2017) Face2face: sharing the photograph within medical pain encounters; a means of democratization. In: Gonzalez-Polledo, E and Tarr, J, (eds.) Painscapes: Communicating pain. Palgrave Macmillan: London, United Kindom.

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Abstract

Pain is common and difficult to communicate or reduce into the verbal or numerical scales commonly used in clinical practice. Some academics have argued that pain resists description in language while others have argued conversely that it generates language. This chapter identifies the limitations of verbal language and current standardized scores for assessing pain, highlighting the social and economic (as well as individual) costs of pain’s incommunicability, so often resulting in inadequate treatment and increased suffering. It explores the specificities of the photographic medium demonstrating that visual images (in particular photographs) can be alternative vehicles for eliciting language and narrative capable of expanding and improving communication and clinician-patient interaction within medical pain consultations. Against the backdrop of other work exploring the value of arts and humanities to pain medicine, it focuses on a fine art/medical collaborative project, face2face, at a leading London teaching Hospital, which co-created images of pain with pain sufferers and piloted a selection of these in the clinics of ten experts. Giving examples of images from the project as patients progressed through their management, it also reports early research findings suggesting that the verbal language is enriched and the non-verbal interaction impacted on. It concludes that further investigation is necessary from multidisciplinary perspectives but that images and image-making processes should be considered valuable tools for enhancing and democratizing medical pain encounters.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Face2face: sharing the photograph within medical pain encounters; a means of democratization
ISBN-13: 9781349952724
Language: English
Additional information: This book is not published yet. The chapter has been accepted but further minor revisions are ongoing so I have not uploaded a full manuscript for the chapter yet. It is due to be published this year by Palgrave Macmillan. This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Photography, pain, communication, art, health, dr-Patient interaction.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Eastman Dental Institute
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > The Slade School of Fine Art
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1551190
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