Photovoice for stroke carers

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The photovoice technique is simple; you take a photo that reflects one of our own real-life events or a method/simple step you have found yourself useful to deal with new challenges, write one or two sentences about it, and post it. You do not want to identify yourself and you do not need to show anything and anyplace that you think you will be recognized. What matters here is the life event and how you deal with it. You can use a nickname. It is completely up to you – your choice.

Photovoice for stroke carers and those living with a stroke brings many benefits not only for themselves but for those who will be in the same predicament in the future.

How?

Here is the evidence.

In 2019, Karin Tornbom as the lead author together with a group of researchers published a research paper on the PLOS online journal. Their topic was “My life after stroke through a camera lens” and that was a photovoice project with a group of Swedish individuals living with a stroke.

According to the researchers, the study participants have expressed their satisfaction with the technique that provided an opportunity,

  • To reflect back upon themselves of their needs and wants,
  • To find out similarities and differences among others’ and themselves’ concerns,
  • To hear others’ inspiring stories and inventive techniques.

Some photo voice examples

The following are the two photovoice events that appeared in this research paper. I am using two of those in this post because the researchers have published the paper under the creative commons license that allows using those with the proper citation.

The captions for the above photos were as follows;

  • The photo C: Ironing board:” I fasten the fabric with one-hand clamps. My surrogate hands”
  • The photo D: Walking downstairs backwards: “If the handrail is on my affected side, I walk backwards”

photo source: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0222099.g002

The “stroke carers’ photovoice project” requests you to submit your photos – you can use your camera phone – with regard to your carers’ life. It can include photos that depict your emotions, challenges, methods of caring as well as your innovative best practices created by yourselves.

So, your contribution is fairly simple: take a quick photo, write something according to the SHOWeD technique (you will find about it in this post below), and post it.

Research has shown that this photovoice technique brings immense value and meaning to your life and others who are and will be in a similar position as you.

What is “SHOWeD” technique?

The “SHOWeD” is an acronym. You are requested to write something as responses to the following questions with regard to the photos you submit. The “SHOWeD” refers to;

  • S = What do you See in this photo?
  • H = What is Happening in this photo?
  • O = How does it relate to Our lives?
  • We = Why does this situation or concern exist?
  • D = What can we Do about it?

Some more example photos that you can post are below.

Ethical guidelines

Submitting photos are surely carry some important ethical practices. Based on past research, We request to adhere the following rules.

  • The photographer owns the copyright. As a result, you can decide either to add your name whatever you choose – either a real name or any other name – to the photo and the narrative you write.
  • Make every genuine effort to ensure the privacy of you and your loved one whom you are taking care of.
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Author: Prasantha De Silva

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