Stories That Heal: Understanding the Effects of Creating and Viewing Digital Stories with Pediatric Oncology Patients, Families, and Healthcare Teams

By Catherine Laing and Nancy Moules.

Published by The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts

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In this paper we discuss a qualitative research study which is focused on understanding the meaning, experience, and therapeutic value of digital stories with pediatric oncology patients and families, and with the pediatric oncology health care team. With children, we are interested in understanding the process of creating a digital story; with the families and the health care team, we are interested in understanding what happens to them when they view the digital stories of their children and the patients with whom they work. Ultimately, we wish to determine if, and understand how, digital stories might be effective therapeutic tools to use with children and their families, thus helping to mitigate suffering, and effective tools for the pediatric oncology health care team as a way of providing insight and understanding into patients’ and families’ unique experiences with childhood cancer. This research will be guided by philosophical hermeneutics, which is defined as the art and practice of interpretation, and is a particularly sophisticated approach to bring to situations where understanding is sought. The study has been approved and funded and we offer the background and design for it.

Keywords: Digital Storytelling, Pediatric Oncology, Hermeneutics

The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, Volume 9, Issue 3-4, February 2015, pp.17-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: February 3, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 447.910KB)).

Dr. Catherine Laing

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Prof. Nancy Moules

Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada