‘Exchanges’: A visual resource to inspire and support deeper conversations in the Parkinson’s community

Miratul Muqit, Daksha Patel, Sarah Patrick, Nur Kocaturk, Daniel Saarela, Shalini Agarwal, Gloria Shi, Bill Carton, Janet Niven, Katrine Wreford, Daryl Lawson, Ian Keir, Sharon Langlands, Linda Donegan, Anthony Knowles, Sandra Knowles, Joy Milne, Thomas Giddens, Paul Davies

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Interactions between people with Parkinson’s (PwP), carers and researchers are often limited to research talks or visits to laboratories. These interactions are hugely beneficial to all involved and improve the understanding of research developments, but the opportunity for deeper conversations – particularly around the complexities and ambiguities of the lived experience of Parkinson’s and of the research process itself – can be limited in these settings. We have developed and co-produced ‘Exchanges’, an interpretive art card resource with drawings that depict Parkinson’s research and symptoms alongside question prompts such as “What does Parkinson’s mean to you?” to support deeper conversations between PwP, carers and researchers.

Initial experiences of the art card resource being used by a person with lived experience of Parkinson’s and a researcher generated striking levels of engagement, breaking down barriers and prompting deep, quality conversations about Parkinson’s. These powerful exchanges were captured on film.

We also discovered that the resource has a wider impact than originally anticipated – it is incredibly successful at prompting discussion of the emotional and physical challenges of Parkinson’s between PwP and other PwP or carers too.

Unexpectedly, the resource also supported profound conversations about Parkinson’s in a group setting as well as in pairs, with participant feedback advocating future use at conferences, in support groups and clinical settings.

PwPs and researchers will present their experience of ‘Exchanges’ and why this is a valuable resource, not only to support patient involvement in Parkinson’s research, but to support the Parkinson’s community as a whole.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberP45.32
Pages (from-to)348
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Parkinson's Disease
Issue numberS1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2023
Event6th World Parkinson Congress - International Barcelona Convention Center, Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 4 Jul 20237 Jul 2023


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