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Research reveals therapeutic value of digital storytelling

On Thursday, September 22, 2016 University of Calgary nursing professor and researcher Dr. Catherine Laing announced findings from a research study on digital storytelling, which revealed that all participants (16 cancer patients or survivors between the ages five to 32) who took part in the study experienced unexpected therapeutic value as a result of creating and narrating a digital story about their cancer experience. Eleven health care professionals, who later watched the digital stories, similarly reported that viewing the videos helped to deepen their understanding of the experience. The study also revealed that participants were struggling with mental health issues related to their cancer experience, many years later. The study could have major implications for long-term follow-up of pediatric cancer patients, calling for a stronger focus on mental health.

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