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Arts-based research (ABR) refers to the use of art in the research process to help generate, interpret and/or communicate knowledge. We used ABR principles to adapt a centre-staging method to complement a more traditional qualitative approach to evaluate participants’ views on dental service reform.
We asked five individuals in the dental health sector in the National Health Service in Wales to select objects to depict their views on the current reform process and their ideal reform process. This process took place alongside traditional semi-structured interviews with the participants.
There were three marked differences in the centre-staging process as compared to the interviews: (1) there was a greater use of symbolism by the participants, (2) the participants put a greater focus on the process of change and (3) the participants were more likely to reveal the emotions underlying their assessments of the reform process.
The arts-based approach adopted appeared to be highly accessible and has the potential to be used in a wide range of applications.


  • Arts-based research, centre-staging, dental contract reform
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Health Services Research and Policy
Early online date11 Nov 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Nov 2022
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