Engaging hard-to-reach populations in research on health in pregnancy: the value of Boal’s simultaneous dramaturgy

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Arts and Health, 2018
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© 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Background: Migrant populations are among the hardest to reach for research purposes. Methods: An interdisciplinary research team piloted a modified version of Boal's simultaneous dramaturgy with Roma mothers in Belfast. Results: The technique, based on scripted performances, translations, and discussions, proved effective for engaging with this hard-to-reach population, despite low levels of literacy, high language barriers, and cultural separateness. The approach uncovered attitudes to pregnancy which reinforce health inequalities, and present significant challenges for improving the health of marginalized populations. Conclusions: This pilot underlines the importance of building trust through holistic approaches to working with hard-to-reach populations through the creative arts.
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