Co-creative art processes with patients: A theoretical framework and qualitative study among artists

Yvonne Weeseman, Michael Scherer-Rath, Nirav Christophe, Henny Dörr, Zarah M. Bood, Mirjam A. G. Sprangers, Esther Helmich, Hanneke W. M. van Laarhoven

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A cancer diagnosis may be experienced as a contingent life event. Co-creation—in which artists together with patients create a work of art reflecting on aspects of the patients’ life story—may be used to support patients to integrate such a contingent life event into their life story. We conducted a qualitative study in which we interviewed 10 professional artists to explore if co-creative art processes could facilitate integration of experiences of contingency in patients. Template analyses were performed in AtlasTi. We identified co-creation as a specific form of support to the process of integration of experiences of contingency. In the formation of a new life narrative, patients transcend the boundaries of their previous life narrative by changing their perspective. Self-transcendence forms a pivotal point in co-creation, which may be helpful for patients to integrate experiences of contingency into their life narratives.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0266401
Issue number4 April
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2022

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