Regina Holliday - What Does Art Have To Do With Medicine?


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Regina is an artist, blogger and patient rights activist. She journeyed with her witty pop-culture inspired husband during his 11 week hospitalization in five facilities. She saw massive problems in patient data access, continuity of care and patient communication. She also saw that art was not being used to its full advantage within in healthcare facilities or online. After her husband's death, She began a mission to speak publicly about patient care and paint about the patient story within the larger conversation about health. She will discuss the myriad venues possible to create patient story art: city walls, upon a canvas or on the jacket back of a conference attendee.

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Regina Holliday - What Does Art Have To Do With Medicine?

  1. What does arthave to do with medicine?A patient perspective by Regina HollidayHXD Conference BostonMarch 26, 2012
  2. Art.That’s for kids, right?
  3. Picture BooksBedtime StoriesFamily TelevisionDrawing, PaintingDancing, SingingChildren immerse themselves in art.They live art.They learn from art,and do not separate it from daily life.
  4. Then there is design. Good design is beautiful, functional and creates space for growth and change.Art within design can be the path itself or the weeds that grow between the cracks.
  5. Art can be “safe.”It can provide therapy for injured souls.It can be containedwithin waiting rooms’ closetsAnd rolling art carts.Art can be pinned down upon a sheet of construction paperStatic,StillA waxwork of emotion.It can be a moment of process with no intent.Or it can be more.
  6. Art can make clinical spaces “pretty.”But as any child can tell you,it can be dangerous to enter candy houses.Art can be used tomask the rottenappleorit can be usedtoreveal it.
  7. Art can compare hard data to soft data and apples to apples.
  8. Art can provide a face to cold clinical statistics.“During this hospital stay, how often was your pain well controlled?”
  9. Are you ready to jump?Are you ready to change the way you think about art within medicine?
  10. Writingon theWall.
  11. Since the beginning of time, we have written on Walls.Sometimes the writing wasofficial notices and history.Sometimes it wasGraffitiOrTagging.
  12. Regina, the childSometimes the writing was a cry for help,A plea for change,Or simply the statement:“I was here.”
  13. How can an outsider artist, an enterprising start-up, social media savvy doctor, Send a message to us all?They can Write it on a Wall.
  14. Painting Advocacy meets Social MediaStreet art is truly the first global art movement fueled by the Internet. –Marc and Sara Schiller, Wooster Collective, 2010
  15. “Shouldn’t Art stick to what it does best-the delivery of pleasure?And forget about being a Paintbrush warrior.Or, is it when the bombs are dropping we find out what art is reallyfor?”-Power of Art by Simon Schama
  16. This is the painting 73 cents. This is the vital patient story, the social history , the sacred heart of Fred’sELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORD.And this painting, like the internet, advocates 24 hours a day and you cannot tell a wall to shut up.
  17. On October 20th 2009 we dedicated the mural singing,“Where do we go from here?”
  18. Patients spend much of theirdays living inNegative space.Instead of being the subjectof attentionWe are often the space aroundThe image of medicine.The back groundThe prop
  19. Look at children playing Doctor’s office.One role is active, one role is passiveWe teach our children how to be patients.
  20. Healthcare is not Rainbows and Butterflies.
  21. The Walking GalleryJoin a Walking Wall of Patient Stories
  22. Street Art:The more stickers that are out there the more important it seems.The more important it seems, the more people want to know what it is.The more they ask they ask each other.It gains real power from perceived power. -Shepard Fairey
  23. We can redefine expectations of the role of art in medicineat every hospital, clinic and conference.
  24. Let Patients SpeakWe must encourage every committee,conference and hospital board,to actively recruit and include patientsin every aspect of the care process fromdesign to implementation to resolution.Noting about us without us.From the exam room to the board room.Invite patients and you will include artists,poets and writers in creating health policy.
  25. Are you ready ? Art is what you make of it…You can choose the role of art in medicine.Choose wisely.I hope to see you in the rabbit hole. ~ @ReginaHolliday