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Call out for participants living with medically unexplained symptoms for arts in health research project

Roehampton University is seeking participants for a research project which offers an opportunity to both collaborate in an interdisciplinary art-science research process and to potentially find new ways of living with medically unexplained symptoms.

Roehampton University is seeking participants for a research project commissioned by Moving Pieces that will investigate the potential benefit of their approach to people living with medically unexplained symptoms.

Moving Pieces Collective is an arts in health theatre organisation founded and directed by Charlie Blowers, an experienced arts psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, Feldenkrais practitioner, and performing artist.

The research project offers an opportunity to both collaborate in an interdisciplinary art-science research process and to potentially find new ways of living with medically unexplained symptoms.

If you are living with medically unexplained symptoms, or know of others who may be interested in and benefit from this research, visit the Moving Pieces website HERE, or contact Eszter Ivan by email at ivane1[at]roehampton.ac.uk.

Eszter Ivan will conduct the research, she is a registered dance movement psychotherapist and research student at Roehampton University. Charlie Blowers will facilitate the practice-based aspect of the research.

All enquiries will be treated with the strictest of confidence.

How can you participate?

✓  If you are living with persistent physical symptoms (like pain or fatigue), diagnosed within the biomedical system, for which there is no specified explanation after examination and investigation (often called medically unexplained symptoms or functional somatic syndrome)

✓  If you are open to collaborate in a one-year-long, art-science research project (starting in September 2021)

✓  If you can visit a venue regularly in Central London near London Bridge, answering interview questions, completing questionnaires

✓  If you can be involved in moving and group sessions in Central London and heart rate measurements at Roehampton University in London.

How could you benefit from being involved?

Potentially you will improve your quality of life and find new ways of living with the symptoms by embracing Moving Pieces Collective`s approach.  Charlie has a long-standing interest in the management and understanding of medically unexplained symptoms and a belief in the potential of embodied, artistic, and performative practice to both raise awareness of this condition and to support symptom management.

 

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