Art4Knowledge – Art Therapy for Knowledge Exchange between UCC CTG patients with cancer, their families, and clinical trials teams.

Art4Knowledge expands on efforts of the HRB-funded UCC Cancer Trials Group (UCC CTG), which provides access via clinical trials to cutting edge treatments and supportive care for patients with cancer in the South of Ireland. UCC CTG connects UCC research teams with clinical trials units in Cork University Hospital, University Hospital Waterford, and the Bon Secours Cork.  Art4Knowledge, through a workshop series, offers an Art Therapy intervention to patients, their families and UCC CTG clinical trials teams, facilitated by the Crawford College of Art and Design. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on and better understand their own experiences, perceptions, and feelings around receiving cancer care and participation in clinical trials (patients/families) and the provision of (CTG clinical trials teams) which they will communicate to each other using creative media, with the goal of enhancing future initiatives to reflect patient and family needs and encouraging participation in innovative clinical trials. The importance of Art Therapy in supporting patients and families on their cancer journey and in providing psychosocial benefits to oncologists who suffer high rates of stress and burnout is known.  Art4Knowledge will expand on this, as the first Art Therapy intervention to include patients, families and clinical trials teams to facilitate communication and exchange of important, non-clinical knowledge to support all those involved in a cancer patient’s journey. An exhibition of artworks across UCC CTG sites, at a UCC CTG retreat and via an online gallery will allow us to share this knowledge with the wider hospital and research teams and the public – creating awareness of the experiences and perceptions of patients with cancer, particularly around clinical trials. We anticipate that Art4Knowledge will help us provide a more holistic care pathway for cancer patients and help us address the fear patients may have about participating in clinical trials.

Award Date
12 September 2022
Award Value
Principal Investigator
Professor Roisin Connolly
Host Institution
University College Cork
Knowledge Translation Awards