Empirical Evaluation of Arts-Based Informational Aids for ELSI Issues in the Clinic and Beyond
The rapidly changing science of clinical genetics and the complexity of its associated ethical, legal, and social (ELSI) issues call for novel approaches to information delivery and education of healthcare professionals and the public. Compared to traditional communication methodologies, arts-based methods offer a way to reach a wider variety of audiences and engage them in multi-sensory, experiential learning. Among the arts, theatre and the visual arts, including video, photography, and graphic medicine (comic books and graphic novels on medical topics), have thus far been the most carefully studied to evaluate their utility as communication tools for clinical genetics and science topics more generally. Although this literature collection explores a variety of media, we focus substantially here on studies of graphic medicine and theatre. Graphic medicine has particular promise as a communication tool for ELSI issues because its combination of written language and images can be more appealing and easier to understand than written explanations alone. Theatre can include both observing and participating in scenarios depicting the practice of clinical genetics, which is important…
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About ELSIhub Collections
ELSIhub Collections are essential reading lists on fundamental or emerging topics in ELSI, curated and explained by expert Collection Editors paired with ELSI trainees. This series assembles materials from cross-disciplinary literatures to enable quick access to key information and offers a mentored editorial experience for ELSI early career researchers and trainees.