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Because your voice matters.

Creating Art about Your Experiences with Healthcare

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Open to Interior Region, patient partners from Thompson - Okanagan

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Summerland: Share Healthcare Experiences via Art

Health Areas
Coronary Artery Disease , Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Blood PressureMore

Study Purpose
The purpose of Embodied Books is to investigate how creating and reading artists’ books (fine art that takes the form of a book) can help health researchers understand patient perspectives on healthcare, illness, disability, caretaking, or other topics related to health in new and multi-sensory ways. I firmly believe first-person stories are vital to understand medicine from the patient’s point of view, and you can be a part of that progress.

No prior experience in art or writing is necessary! Participants will meet weekly at the Summerland Arts Council building to create two artists’ books using painting, drawing, collage, binding, printmaking, and writing prompts. Keep one copy of your books, and choose to donate a second to the Embodied Books collection to use within medical education. Learn more and see previous participant examples at

Age: 18 Years – 100 Years Old
Accepting Healthy Volunteers: No

From Our Community

Derek Koch

Spiritual Health Practitioner and Patient- and Family-Centred Care Lead — Kelowna General Hospital

Derek Koch

The bottom line is because we’re caring for patients. People who know best are those who are receiving the care so it makes logical sense that we would consult with them about their experiences. By connecting with PVN we have been able to educate our teams about the value of patient partners and how important their perspective is in our services.