Visual, musical, and poetic forms of creative expression have embodied healing in many cultures for millennia. Research methods based in these artistic forms have grown in prominence as the enterprise of health care has been led by kindred disciplines of bioethics and humanities to interrogate overmedicalization, to resist hyperfocus on measurability when the cost is neglect of narratives and experiences, and to recognize tendencies that too often privilege outcomes over processes. What we’ve learned is that medicine has much to learn from and contribute to the arts, and that the arts have much to learn from and contribute to medicine.
Sophia Miao, MD and Wendy A. Stewart, MD, MMEd, PhD
This pilot study used phenomenology combined with quantitative measures of self-esteem and self-efficacy to explore influences of storytelling through lyrical and musical composition on youth self-concept.
AMA J Ethics. 2022;24(7):E576-583. doi:
Sofie Layton, MRes, Jo Wray, PhD, Victoria Walsh, PhD, and Giovanni Biglino, PhD
Based on an artist’s, bioengineer’s, and health psychologist’s reflections on pediatric and adult group workshop practice settings, this article suggests 8 dimensions of risk that deserve ethical attention.
AMA J Ethics. 2022;24(7):E638-645. doi:
Brooklyn Larimore, Mark Gilbert, PhD, and William M. Lydiatt, MD, MBA
Portraits of clinicians quickly became emblematic of what the COVID-19 pandemic has demanded of all of us, especially caregivers who witnessed deaths likely unprecedented in number during their careers.
AMA J Ethics. 2022;24(7):E667-675. doi:
This first-person narrative illuminates how the author—a nurse, artist, and dancer—uses the arts and movement to help patients and clinicians process personal loss individually and collectively in the hospital setting.
AMA J Ethics. 2022;24(7):E681-684. doi:
Kristen N. Pallok and David A. Ansell’s “Should Clinicians Be Activists?” highlights how physician activists risk retaliation from “economically and socially” privileged physician leaders and organizational leadership who “have been trained to comply” with structural inequity.
AMA J Ethics. 2022;24(7):E694-696. doi:
Dr Evguenia S. Popova joins Ethics Talk to discuss how collaborations between academic health centers and arts institutions can help students build their professional skills in empathic responsiveness and communication.
Dr Laura Kolbe joins Ethics Talk to discuss her article, coauthored with Drs Ryan H. Nelson, Joelle Robertson-Preidler, Olivia Schuman, and Inmaculada de Melo-Martín: “Is a Video Worth a Thousand Words?”
Aislinn C. Rookwood and Mariah Abney join Ethics Talk to discuss their article, coauthored with Hannah S. Butler-Robbins, Danielle Marie Westmark, and Dr Regina Idoate: “Arts-Based Research Methods to Explore Cancer in Indigenous Communities.”
Watie White joins Ethics Talk to discuss his article, coauthored with Dr Regina Idoate, Aislinn C. Rookwood, Sophia A. Quintero, Shelby Larson, Dr Arturo Aceves, and Dr Keyonna M. King: “Lead Toxicity and Environmental Health Justice Stories in Black and White Woodcut Portraits.”
Sofie Layton joins Ethics Talk to discuss her article, coauthored with Drs Jo Wray, Victoria Walsh, and Giovanni Biglino: “What Arts-and-Health Practices Teach Us About Participation, Re-presentation, and Risk.”