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Telling Stories: How to get your Dr to listen

Thu 12 Dec 2019 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Date: Thursday 12 December 2019

Time: 5.00pm – 7.00pm

Location: Bristol BioDesign Institute, 24 Tyndall Ave, Bristol, BS8 1TQ


Join Dr Alice Malpass, Elspeth Penny and Prof Gene Feder for an interdisciplinary workshop exploring how arts health approaches using letters as stories may support patients and their doctors to talk about breathlessness.

Breathlessness disrupts the narratives of normal life. It slows you down. Isolates you. It shrinks your world. In this interdisciplinary workshop, we’ll introduce examples of visual and written narratives of breathlessness as a starting point for exploring how breathlessness (as written on the body) can be more easily ‘read’ by GPs.

All abilities are welcome!


Tickets for this event are free, but please ensure that you book a ticket via Eventbrite to avoid disappointment: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/telling-stories-how-to-get-your-dr-to-listen-tickets-70159116807


About Alice

Alice Malpass is a mid-career NIHR research fellow at Bristol Medical School. Her research focusing on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for a range of health issues, including people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. Alice uses a variety of qualitative methods (cognitive interviewing, in-depth interviews, and ethnographic observation) found in anthropology. Within the Life of Breath project, she uses cognitive interviews to explore the ways people living with respiratory conditions interpret questions differently on respiratory questionnaires, as well as the application of questionnaires and lung functions tests in clinical settings. Since 2016, Alice has collaborated with Elspeth Penny on an arts and health project where participants are invited to write a letter to their breath.


About Elspeth

Elspeth Penny (MA Cantab, MA UEA) is a writer, director, and arts and health specialist with the Life of Breath project. She is a writer, director and creative producer for Arts Council funded play Silva Lining’s Care Plan trailer. Elspeth runs workshops for Durham University and the University of Bristol Life of Breath project, Nailsea Town Council, West of England Centre for Inclusive Living (WECIL), and EHCAP. She loves handwriting, letters, teaching creativity, wilderness, and dance.


About Gene

Gene Feder is a Professor of Primary Health Care at the University of Bristol and a GP in north Bristol. His research focuses on the management of chronic conditions, particularly respiratory and cardiovascular disease. He conducts randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews, and qualitative studies, depending on the expertise of statisticians, economists, and social scientists. Gene has been recognised for his work on domestic violence in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List with an OBE.


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