What is Photovoice?

  Photovoice is a participatory approach to photography, discussion, writing and outreach for patients and community members to investigate their experiences and collaborate for change. Patient photographs can illuminate factors that influence access to healthcare and quality of care, and can contribute to decision-making in respectful ways. Photovoice helps to unite service providers, payers, and patients to address health and healthcare as shared endeavors. Photovoice is an innovative approach of value to organizations, patients, providers, policymakers, researchers, and communities.

History of Photovoice. Photovoice was first developed in 1992 by Caroline C. Wang and Mary Ann Burris as a way to bring daily life experiences of village women in Yunnan Province, China into decision-making for regional development. Photovoice participants have included youth, people living with chronic health conditions, people who have disabilities, homeless, pregnant teens, and many others. Projects often seek to create awareness, foster dialog, bring real lives into practice and policy conversations, and plant seeds for change.

In sum, Photovoice…

Puts cameras in the hands of people with valuable lived experience so they can explore and share their perspectives on health, family, community, and their futures.
Is a straightforward method fostering patient, family, and community dialog.

 For more information on Photovoice:

See an open-access, peer-review video: JOVE VIDEO - (Click here)  

JoVE (Journal of Visual Experiments) This video and paper illustrates an innovative visual approach (photovoice) to achieve fair process in clinical care for patients living with chronic health conditions, illuminate gaps in clinical knowledge, forge better therapeutic relationships, and identify patient-centered goals and possibilities for healing. 
Read a peer-review paper:
  Journal - Lorenz, Laura S. Co-author with Kolb, B. (2009). Involving the public through participatory visual research methods. Health Expectations, 12(3), pp. 262-274  (click here), and PubMed DOI: 10.1111/j.1369-7625.2009.00560.x.

Objectives: To show how providing cameras to patients and community residents can be effective at involving the public in generating understanding of consumer, community, and health system problems and strengths. Background: Health-care institutions and systems may seek to include consumer perspectives on health and health care yet be challenged to involve the most vulnerable sectors, be they persons with disabilities or persons with low socio-economic status living in societies where a top-down approach to policy is the norm... See more about this article by clicking (here). 
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View "A Photovoice Pathtm"  - Click Here.
A visual depiction of the steps of Photovoice, from learning to be a a visual researcher to reaching target audiences. Laura developed a series of symbols to illustrate the Photovoice process and steps, which she calls “A Photovoice Path.” The path helps with planning. It provides a useful tool for participants to understand the Photovoice activities and track their progress.
What We Will Do!  - Click Here.
A description of the steps of Photovoice as depicted in 'A Photovoice Path' above.
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