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Developing “My Asthma Diary”: a process exemplar of a patient-driven arts-based knowledge translation tool

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Pediatrics, June 2018
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Developing “My Asthma Diary”: a process exemplar of a patient-driven arts-based knowledge translation tool
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BMC Pediatrics, June 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12887-018-1155-2
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Mandy M. Archibald, Lisa Hartling, Samina Ali, Vera Caine, Shannon D. Scott


Although it is well established that family-centered education is critical to managing childhood asthma, the information needs of parents of children with asthma are not being met through current educational approaches. Patient-driven educational materials that leverage the power of the storytelling and the arts show promise in communicating health information and assisting in illness self-management. However, such arts-based knowledge translation approaches are in their infancy, and little is known about how to develop such tools for parents. This paper reports on the development of "My Asthma Diary" - an innovative knowledge translation tool based on rigorous research evidence and tailored to parents' asthma-related information needs. We used a multi-stage process to develop four eBook prototypes of "My Asthma Diary." We conducted formative research on parents' information needs and identified high quality research evidence on childhood asthma, and used these data to inform the development of the asthma eBooks. We established interdisciplinary consulting teams with health researchers, practitioners, and artists to help iteratively create the knowledge translation tools. We describe the iterative, transdisciplinary process of developing asthma eBooks which incorporates: (I) parents' preferences and information needs on childhood asthma, (II) quality evidence on childhood asthma and its management, and (III) the engaging and informative powers of storytelling and visual art as methods to communicate complex health information to parents. We identified four dominant methodological and procedural challenges encountered during this process: (I) working within an inter-disciplinary team, (II) quantity and ordering of information, (III) creating a composite narrative, and (IV) balancing actual and ideal management scenarios. We describe a replicable and rigorous multi-staged approach to developing a patient-driven, creative knowledge translation tool, which can be adapted for use with different populations and contexts. We identified specific procedural and methodological challenges that others conducting comparable work should consider, particularly as creative, patient-driven knowledge translation strategies continue to emerge across health disciplines.

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Unknown 72 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 12 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 10 14%
Researcher 6 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 8%
Student > Bachelor 5 7%
Other 15 21%
Unknown 18 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 10 14%
Nursing and Health Professions 9 13%
Medicine and Dentistry 9 13%
Unspecified 4 6%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3 4%
Other 17 24%
Unknown 20 28%

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