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Open Access 'Like a Dance': Working creatively with healthcare practitioners to explore mobility and osteoporosis

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Collaborations between health sciences and creative arts can generate insights into complex health phenomena. This article describes a creative workshop derived from an action research project that aimed to raise awareness of fracture risk in health practitioners supporting people with osteoporosis. The creative workshop aimed to provide opportunities for practitioners within the action research community to create new knowledge and share their practice insights. The article considers the notion of creative arts as a physical, embodied process that can facilitate learning by enabling tacit knowledge to be made explicit. Rather than applying an instrumental approach to arts within healthcare, the workshop became a mechanism for the convergence of ideas, disciplines and support structures and provided a learning environment where old beliefs could be challenged, practice insights shared and new knowledge constructed. We discuss the workshop development and outputs and suggest the utility of this approach for collaborative learning.

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Keywords: action research; arts; creativity; learning; moving and handling; osteoporosis

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 0000000403981641 Queen Margaret University

Publication date: December 1, 2019

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  • The Journal of Applied Arts and Health serves a wide community of artists, researchers, practitioners and policy-makers evidencing the effectiveness of the interdisciplinary use of arts in health and arts for health. It provides a forum for the publication and debate within an interdisciplinary field of arts in healthcare and health promotion. The journal defines 'health' broadly which includes physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, occupational, social and community health.
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