WS-07 : The use of drawing to enhance observational skills in primary care

Author(s): 
Reem Hasan Lucy Farley, Reem Hasan, Ha-Neul Seo, United Kingdom
Text: 
To illustrate the use of drawing as a method of improving observational skills in clinical practice, enhancing consultations and increasing clinician satisfaction.
Ruskin believed that drawing is a key to understanding and knowledge; “The Campaign for Drawing” founded in his name raises the profile of drawing as a tool for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement and seeks to stimulate further growth and development. As doctors we see our patients, but how much do we actually observe about them? With our observations we bring our own experiences, prejudices, preconceptions and knowledge (Winkler 1992). Our sight must go beyond appearances, and we must pay close attention to the detail of what makes our patients who they really are.
1)Lecture: (15 minutes)
a. John Ruskin and “The Big Draw”
b. How developing powers of observation will enhance our skills as clinicians
c. The use of drawing as a medium for improving observational skills
2)Group activity:(30 minutes)
a. Participants are asked to form groups
b. Each participant is given charcoal and paper and instructed to sketch their model how they perceive them
c. Time for group to review all sketches
3)Interactive debrief and concluding lecture (15 minutes)
This workshop offers an opportunity to learn about Ruskin’s theory, and to develop alternative observational skills to enhance clinical practice. We aim to achieve an insight into the visual and holistic awareness required by clinicians through the use of drawing as a medium for exploration.