Using arts-based research in applied health care: An example from an evaluation of NHS dental contract reform in Wales

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Overs, E., Woods, Chris, Williams, Lynne, Williams, Sion, Burton, Chris, Jones, L. and Brocklehurst, Paul R 2022. Using arts-based research in applied health care: An example from an evaluation of NHS dental contract reform in Wales. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy. https://doi.org/10.1177/13558196221137202
AuthorsOvers, E., Woods, Chris, Williams, Lynne, Williams, Sion, Burton, Chris, Jones, L. and Brocklehurst, Paul R
AbstractObjective Arts-based research (ABR) refers to the use of art in the research process to help generate, interpret and/or communicate knowledge. We used ABR principles to adapt a centre-staging method to complement a more traditional qualitative approach to evaluate participants’ views on dental service reform. Methods We asked five individuals in the dental health sector in the National Health Service in Wales to select objects to depict their views on the current reform process and their ideal reform process. This process took place alongside traditional semi-structured interviews with the participants. Results There were three marked differences in the centre-staging process as compared to the interviews: (1) there was a greater use of symbolism by the participants, (2) the participants put a greater focus on the process of change and (3) the participants were more likely to reveal the emotions underlying their assessments of the reform process. Conclusions The arts-based approach adopted appeared to be highly accessible and has the potential to be used in a wide range of applications.
KeywordsNHS dental contracts; Health policy; Arts-based research; Dental contract reform
Year2022
JournalJournal of Health Services Research and Policy
PublisherSAGE Publications
ISSN1355-8196
1758-1060
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/13558196221137202
Official URLhttps://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/13558196221137202
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