♥ In conjunction with the 2020 tour of Nightingale, our research team undertook a qualitative study about the impact on nurses and nursing students and professors of attending a performance of the show. For this study, in-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted. In addition, an online survey of audience members (including the general public) captured their responses and demographics. Upon completion of the interviews, the transcripts were analyzed for themes as expressed by the interviewees.
Dr. Connie Amundson, one of our HEARTS Directors, presented the results at the virtual (due to COVID) 15th annual Arts in Society Conference in June, 2020, at the National University of Ireland, Galway. The presentation is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG_c2qwsTnM&t=63s)
In addition, a paper will be written by the HEARTS Research Team of Connie Amundson, Lena Hristova, CaraLee Howe, Lily Monsey, and Jonathan Silliman, and submitted to an appropriate academic journal.
♥ HEARTS is a co-sponsor of a theater-in-health research project which began with a pilot program in the winter of 2019. Three free-standing workshops were held January, February, and March in which participants, under the leadership of Cathy Madden of the University of Washington School of Drama, created a play based on improvised theater activities. Pre- and post-quality of life surveys and written free-form impressions were administered at each workshop. Results have been collected and thus far indicate that an expansion of this project is warranted.
Dr. Connie Amundson and Cathy Madden presented the practice and theory behind this project at the 14th International Arts in Society Conference, June 19-21, 2019, at the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, Portugal.
♥ During the academic year 2021/2022, Dr. Amundson will conduct a study with medical residents at the University of Maine as part of her fellowship with the Maine Arts and Humanities in Medicine Graduate Certificate program. She will study the effect on participants of acting training activities to potentially affect the quality of their telemedicine communications with patients.
♥ Dr. Amundson is laying the foundation for a devised, participatory piece based on Völuspá (The Prophecy of the Seeress). Participants will explore the layers of the Norse god Odin’s toxic masculinity. The Seeress challenges Odin by asking, “Do you want to know more, or what?” This re-framing of the Ragnarök myth from Nordic mythology will form a part of Dr. Amundson’s dissertation as a doctoral student in Scandinavian Studies, with an emphasis on Health Humanities at the University of Washington.