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Experiences of acquired brain injury survivors participating in online and hybrid performance arts programmes: an ethnographic study

Taylor, ER; Estevao, CC; Jarrett, L; Woods, A; Crane, N; Fancourt, D; Pariante, C; (2023) Experiences of acquired brain injury survivors participating in online and hybrid performance arts programmes: an ethnographic study. Arts and Health 10.1080/17533015.2023.2226697. Green open access

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Abstract

Background: Performance arts can benefit people with acquired brain injury (ABI). This study explored the online delivery during COVID-19 restrictions, of a performance art intervention through the experiences of participants, artists and facilitators. Methods: Two community-based programmes were delivered. Online ethnographic observations and semi-structured interviews with participants, artists and facilitators were completed. Results: The programmes benefited participants by addressing loneliness and isolation; building confidence through peer support; improving physical limitations through movement; improving communication through music and vocal work; and using poetry, visual arts, metaphor and performance to make sense of participants’ experiences. Participants had mixed experiences of participation, but it was an acceptable alternative to in-person arts interventions for those who overcame digital challenges. Conclusions: ABI survivors can engage in online performance art programmes and find participation valuable for their health, well-being, and recovery. More work is needed to explore the generalisability of these findings, especially given digital poverty.

Type: Article
Title: Experiences of acquired brain injury survivors participating in online and hybrid performance arts programmes: an ethnographic study
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17533015.2023.2226697
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2023.2226697
Language: English
Additional information: © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.
Keywords: Stroke; brain injury; online; performance; participation
UCL classification: UCL
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 Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Behavioural Science and Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10173843
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