Topics and impressions


Did you know that 1 out 5 people cannot find the plumber in the yellow pages because they cannot read the words? Low literacy is a significant problem when engaging with the health service. Phillis Easton points out that two-third of people with low literacy may have a long-term condition.

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A framework, called Talking Mats R, developed by Dr Joan Murphy and colleagues can facilitate conversations in rehabilitation and other settings. It has been used with various populations, including people with aphasia, dementia, learning difficulties, and others.

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Receptivity appears to be a key concept when considering doctor’s offices. Research by Dr Holly Hollingsworth and colleagues at Washington University has sought to uncover the central predictive person and environment variables that determine provider office accessibility.

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Everyone is a designer, says Hazel White. Creativity is not the domain of professionals. Participation requires innovative, ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking and approaches.

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How much do we really know about our natural environment? The project ‘Woods for Health’, part-supported by the Forestry Commission, presented by Lisa Gallacher, can contribute to the well-being of people with mental health difficulties.

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The power of art in stroke rehabilitation was illustrated by Chris Kelly in his presentation.

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