The body as image: image as body

Padfield, Deborah; Chadwick, Tom and Omand, Helen. 2017. The body as image: image as body. The Lancet, 389(10076), pp. 1290-1291. ISSN 0140-6736 [Article]

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Pain consultations are often contested spaces where patient and clinician compete for the roles of speaker. Often patients are searching for mechanical explanations and clinicians for psychological ones - creating an impasse and causing distress to both parties. Meanwhile, as technology advances and we have increasing means of seeing inside a person’s body we seem to have less and less ability to see inside another’s world – to understand what it means to live with pain, the significance of that pain for that individual in their social context. In this paper we explore the potential for images of pain, co-created with patients, to intervene in this unproductive patient dynamic and bring the full experience of pain - social, emotional, physical - into focus. Narrative analysis is used on a series of transcripts of pain consultations.

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Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)


31 March 2017Published

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29 Oct 2019 14:08

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