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Deborah Padfield is a visual artist specialising in lens based media and inter-disciplinary practice and research within Fine Art and Medicine. In 2001 she collaborated with Dr Charles Pither and staff and patients from INPUT Pain Management Unit, St. Thomas’ Hospital, resulting in a touring exhibition, pilot research study and a book Perceptions of Pain. This led to her current artists residency at University College London Hospitals (UCLH), collaborating with Professor JoannaZakrzewska and facial pain clinicians and patients at UCLH on the face2face project, further exploring the potential of images to facilitate doctor-patient communication.

She is a Research Associate at the Slade School of Fine Art, CHIRP funded ECR for Pain: speaking the threshold , a three-year interdisciplinary project building on her doctoral work exploring the value of visual images to the diagnosis and management of chronic pain. She exhibits in a variety of spaces from galleries to hospitals. She is visiting lecturer on arts and medical humanities courses nationally and internationally.

Pain: speaking the threshold brings together a multidisciplinary team to analyse material generated during face2face which investigated the impact photographic images, co-created with pain sufferers, could have on the communication of pain. It explores how photographic images can expand pain dialogue in the consulting room to include aspects of experience frequently omitted using traditional measures and developed an image resource as an innovative communication tool for clinical use.

For further information on face2face please see:

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/slade/research/student/archived-research/mphil-phd-research/project-9

For further information on Pain: speaking the threshold please see:


http://www.ucl.ac.uk/slade/research/staff/current-research/project-14

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