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Using Art to Communicate About Surgery (HLOL #233)

by | Mar 1, 2023

Maria Baimas-George, MD, MPH, not only is a transplant surgeon but also the author and illustrator of The Strength of My Scars, a series of children’s books about a wide range of medical and surgical conditions. Dr. Baimas-George is passionate about the value of intertwining art and surgery to improve patient understanding, increase satisfaction, and reduce apprehension.

In this podcast, Dr. Baimas-George talks with Helen Osborne about:

  • How art and surgery are often intertwined. That includes beauty within the body as well as using art in patient communication.
  • Why and how analogies and illustrations together can help increase patients understanding, even of complex topics like pathophysiology.
  • What listeners in all settings can do to incorporate visuals in their work.

More ways to learn:

Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Third Edition, by Helen Osborne. Especially relevant to this podcast is the chapter, “X-tras.”

Read a transcript of this podcast.

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