Theatre, film, photography, and dance are not often associated with the academic research process, yet that is what this project sought to explore: the arts as a way of creating and sharing new knowledge with varied audiences. Arts-based research methods highlight the human aspects of medicine and health care in ways that help lower interdisciplinary barriers and improve understanding of health and the entire medical field. These methods value human experience and interaction, and they recognize personal, emotional, and embodied expressions of knowledge as an effective strategy for communicating research.
The aim of this project was to increase our understanding of the theory and practice of arts-based knowledge translation by exploring the contribution of arts-based research in both knowledge creation and knowledge dissemination in health research.
The improved understanding of the theory and practice of arts-based knowledge translation by exploring the contribution of arts-based research in both knowledge creation and knowledge dissemination within health research.
The results of this Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funded project supports the better understanding of concepts, theories, and practices that underlie effective arts-based knowledge translation in order to improve the health of Canadians, provide more effective health services and products, and strengthen the health care system as a whole.