Researching Parkinson’s dance collaboratively: the relational ethics of including citizens as co-researchers

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Person (or patient)-centeredness has become a central principle of health policy in many countries. Placing the person in the “centre” entails that the value of experience-based knowledge is recognized and that citizens/patients/clients participate as co-producers in organizational development, individual treatment and collaborative, participatory research. According to the literature, there are many challenges in enacting person-centeredness. This presentation aims to contribute to research approaches to the challenges in participatory research by illustrating the use of a particular approach in the research project, Dancing with Parkinson’s.
In the project, 43 participants in Parkinson’s dance classes (people with Parkinson’s disease and partners) take part as co-researchers, together with three university researchers, in a series of workshops designed to make space for co-creating knowledge across a plurality of voices, articulating bodily, aesthetic, visual and narrative ways of knowing. The approach is based on a theoretical framework that, combining Bakhtin’s theory of dialogue and Foucault’s theory of power/knowledge and discourse, theorizes challenges in collaborative research relations as tensions intrinsic to power-imbued meaning-making across different voices.
The approach builds on relational ethics – an ethical foundation for research relations– in integrating critical, reflexive analysis of the tensions into the research process. How can the tensions in participatory, collaborative research relations be tackled through a reflexive approach to relational ethics - in Bakhtin’s terms, “an ethics of dialogue”? This question will be addressed through analysis of three meetings of the steering and advisory groups and three co-creative workshops. Finally, the presentation will discuss the (de)limitations of the approach.
Publikationsdato1 maj 2020
StatusUdgivet - 1 maj 2020
BegivenhedThe 18th International Conference on Communication, Medicine, and Ethics - Aalborg University, Aalborg, Danmark
Varighed: 1 jul. 20203 jul. 2020
Konferencens nummer: 18


KonferenceThe 18th International Conference on Communication, Medicine, and Ethics
LokationAalborg University
AndetOnline conference


  • collaborative research
  • Parkinson's dance
  • relational research ethics
  • Parkinson's disease

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