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The Body Says It
Thu 20 February 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm GMT
In this talk, Life of Breath researcher and anthropologist Dr Alice Malpass will explore how bodily sensations of breathlessness come to be measured as a symptom. She describes the mis-match between the language used in research and clinics with the language used by those living day with breathlessness. Alice will share how arts health approaches offer another way to tell the story of a life marked by disrupted breath.
About Alice Malpass
Alice Malpass is a mid-career NIHR research fellow at Bristol Medical School. Her research focusing on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for a range of health issues, including people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. Alice uses a variety of qualitative methods (cognitive interviewing, in-depth interviews, and ethnographic observation) found in anthropology. Within the Life of Breath project, she uses cognitive interviews to explore the ways people living with respiratory conditions interpret questions differently on respiratory questionnaires, as well as the application of questionnaires and lung functions tests in clinical settings.