Presented by: Lisa Williams
Digital media, including the Internet and social media, is a popular conduit for public health information, promotion and education. Statistics from the United States indicate adults regularly search online and use social media to access health information. In addition, social media can reach audiences, such as ethnic minorities and lower socio-economic groups that tend not to access health information by more traditional means. Given digital media’s facility for conveying health information, creating digital content in the form of films could be an effective way to distribute evidence-based palliative care research findings to audiences beyond those typically accessed through journal articles and academic conferences. However, little research exists to support the use of films in such a manner.
The purpose of this presentation is to help address this gap by exploring the opinions of health care professionals’ who evaluated our 28-minute film Farewell, Haere Atu Ra. Farewell dramatises selected research findings from Te Pākeketanga: Living and Dying in Advanced Age. Te Pākeketanga examined the end of life circumstances of Māori and non-Māori people aged 80+ and the experiences of their family caregivers. Amongst the findings we will report on are healthcare professionals’ views about its usefulness for promoting reflection on practice, presenting research findings in a non-traditional manner, prompting discussion about death and dying and implications for Māori. Clips from the film, which uses actors to present the actual, mostly word-for-word accounts of the family caregivers will be shown.