Congratulations to SDHI researchers Jacqui Morris, Madalina Toma, Chris Kelly and Thilo Kroll, in collaboration with researchers from NHS Tayside, Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust, Massey University (New Zealand), University of Edinburgh, University of Dundee and University of Stirling who have recently published this paper ‘Social context, art making processes and creative output: a qualitative study exploring how psychosocial benefits of art participation during stroke rehabilitation occur’ in the journal of Disability and Rehabilitation.
Fiona Stephenson, Clinical Nurse Specialist and founding member of the Haiti Spinal Cord Injury Working Group and Co-ordinator of the Haiti Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Database presented an inspiring and insightful webinar on the context of violence as the leading cause of spinal cord injuries in Haiti. Fiona, who is also a Co-Founder of theInternational Network of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses and the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS), discussed in her webinar the challenges to providing basic life sustaining care and rehabilitation for gunshot injury survivors in a resource poor environment. Mortality and medical complications are extremely high, skill and extensive despite the great skill, creative mindsets and phenomenal willpower of the health care teams on the ground. The earthquake that shattered Haiti in 2010 has taken a further toll on a very rudimentary health care infrastructure. Gun violence is not abating. Despite much innovation and legislative changes, people who live with the disabling consequences of violence still find it difficult to find support, accessible environments and opportunities for full societal participation and inclusion. Many promising facilities are threatened by closure due to a lack of funding. But despite all adversity, there were many stories of hope, human spirit and resilience, of people pulling together and becoming advocates for their own life, against gun violence and for better support services and health care.
Fiona’s webinar presentation can be viewed here. We will add an audiopodcast shortly.
Dr Damien Williams, School of Medicine, University of St Andrews gave a very nuanced and greatly reflective response to Fiona Stephenson’s presentation.
If you would like to learn more about gun violence in Haiti and its disabling consequences, we recommend to purchase the book ‘Gun Violence, Disability and Recovery’, edited by Cate Buchanan, Director of the Surviving Gun Violence Project. The book is available as an ebook or paperback on the organisation’s website.
For four years now, SDHI has been providing doctoral researchers from the Occupational Therapy (OT) program at Washington University in St Louis with opportunities for a study exchange to learn about the Scottish NHS and rehabilitation and disability-related research in Dundee. A visit in January to St Louis has further strengthened the collaborative research and training partnership between SDHI and St Louis. During the visit research collaborations were explored with regard to environmental accessibility, physical activity, outcome assessment, and assistive technologies for people with physical disabilities. The OT program in St Louis does not only provide students with comprehensive practice opportunities but also with an innovative and creative research environment. Moreover, the close working relationship between the OT program and the independent living organisation Paraquad illustrates how service user led services can incorporate the expertise of rehabilitation professionals to promote independent living, disability advocacy and self-direction.
Cate Buchanan, Director of the Surviving Gun Violence Project based in Sydney, presented a webinar on her forthcoming book that has been developed over the past 3 years with contributors from around the globe. It brings together survivors of gun violence and their experiences and very personal stories with those of advocates and activists, academic researchers and professionals from many disciplines. Unlike most studies of gun violence it does not focus on prevention or mortality but on the disabling consequences of gun violence in various contexts. Examples from Haiti, Burundi, the United States and many other countries are included in the book. Gun violence, Disability and Recovery is positioned at the intersection of health, human rights and disability and grounded in a social justice, public health and environmentally focused understanding. The book is seen as a starting point of further research, advocacy and knowledge mobilisation activities of this emerging network.
A recording of the webinar and the new book Gun Violence,Disability and Recovery is now available to view here.
SDHI are delighted to announce the following seminar ‘Why is significant practice change in health so difficult to achieve? Insights from practice theories and ethnographic research’ which will be led by Roger Dunston, Associate Professor, Centre for Research in Learning and Change, University of Technology, Sydney. This FREE seminar will be held in Room 1G06, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee at 3.00pm on Thursday 19th September. If you would like to attend, please contact Rosanne Bell r.c.bell @dundee.ac.uk
Yesterday, Dr Helen Moore, SDHI presented a webinar with study findings that highlight what matters to people after stroke. Current outcome measures in rehabilitation practice are not well matched to what matters to patients as they participate in community rehabilitation. Their lack of accessibility precludes in many cases assessments from the patient perspective. If you missed the Webinar, here is a chance to listen to the Webinar again and to look at the slides. The research team would be very interested in hearing your views, experiences, thoughts etc. Please contact the PI for the study, Dr Thilo Kroll at t.kroll @ dundee.ac.uk