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Disrupted breath, songlines of breathlessness : an interdisciplinary response.

Malpass, Alice and Dodd, James and Feder, Gene and Macnaughton, Jane and Rose, Arthur and Walker, Oriana and Williams, Tina and Carel, Havi (2019) 'Disrupted breath, songlines of breathlessness : an interdisciplinary response.', Medical humanities, 45 (3). pp. 294-303.

Abstract

Health research is often bounded by disciplinary expertise. While cross-disciplinary collaborations are often forged, the analysis of data which draws on more than one discipline at the same time is underexplored. Life of Breath, a 5-year project funded by the Wellcome Trust to understand the clinical, historical and cultural phenomenology of the breath and breathlessness, brings together an interdisciplinary team, including medical humanities scholars, respiratory clinicians, medical anthropologists, medical historians, cultural theorists, artists and philosophers. While individual members of the Life of Breath team come together to share ongoing work, collaborate and learn from each other’s approach, we also had the ambition to explore the feasibility of integrating our approaches in a shared response to the same piece of textual data. In this article, we present our pluralistic, interdisciplinary analysis of an excerpt from a single cognitive interview transcript with a patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. We discuss the variation in the responses and interpretations of the data, why research into breathlessness may particularly benefit from an interdisciplinary approach, and the wider implications of the findings for interdisciplinary research within health and medicine.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1136/medhum-2018-011631
Publisher statement:This is an open access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported (CC BY 4.0) license, which permits others to copy, redistribute, remix, transform and build upon this work for any purpose, provided the original work is properly cited, a link to the licence is given, and indication of whether changes were made. See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
Date accepted:10 May 2019
Date deposited:15 August 2019
Date of first online publication:22 August 2019
Date first made open access:No date available

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