Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

4-5-2022 9:00 AM

End Date

4-5-2022 11:00 AM

Subjects

Speech Language Pathology, voice, medical improvisation, clinical improvisation

Advisor

Britton, Deanna and Ziegler, Aaron

Student Level

Masters

Abstract

Background: With the needs of patients in modern healthcare becoming increasingly complex, providers may benefit from using adaptive skills to develop therapeutic alliance in patient-centered care. This review examined the potential application and benefit of theatrical improvisational skills in healthcare generally and in the allied health profession of speech-language pathology specifically.

Methods: A literature search was completed across 6 databases. Search terms included “clinical improvisation,” “medical improvisation,” and “applied improvisation.” Searches were limited to journal articles published in English from November 2011 through November 2021. Articles included for full review were of original research and focused on applied improvisation in the healthcare setting. Data were extracted by the primary investigator using a standardized data collection form.

Results: For this review, 184 records were identified from six databases. Fourteen articles met criteria for full-text review. They represented various levels of healthcare provider status, from practitioner to student. Various fields of practice were represented: occupational therapy, pharmacy, dietitian, medical education, but no speech pathology research to date. Preliminary analyses indicate improvisational theater skills may improve a practitioner’s ability to provide better patient-centered-care within varying fields of healthcare.

Conclusions: Providers of different healthcare settings who learn theatrical improvisational skills appear to benefit from training. Given communication is a fluid and dynamic exchange of ideas, findings from other fields of practice are discussed in terms of how the speech-language pathologist can use improvisational skills to foster greater therapeutic alliance in their clinical relationships.

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/37461

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Developing Therapeutic Alliance Through Improvisation: A State-of-the-Art Review for the Speech-Language Pathologist

Background: With the needs of patients in modern healthcare becoming increasingly complex, providers may benefit from using adaptive skills to develop therapeutic alliance in patient-centered care. This review examined the potential application and benefit of theatrical improvisational skills in healthcare generally and in the allied health profession of speech-language pathology specifically.

Methods: A literature search was completed across 6 databases. Search terms included “clinical improvisation,” “medical improvisation,” and “applied improvisation.” Searches were limited to journal articles published in English from November 2011 through November 2021. Articles included for full review were of original research and focused on applied improvisation in the healthcare setting. Data were extracted by the primary investigator using a standardized data collection form.

Results: For this review, 184 records were identified from six databases. Fourteen articles met criteria for full-text review. They represented various levels of healthcare provider status, from practitioner to student. Various fields of practice were represented: occupational therapy, pharmacy, dietitian, medical education, but no speech pathology research to date. Preliminary analyses indicate improvisational theater skills may improve a practitioner’s ability to provide better patient-centered-care within varying fields of healthcare.

Conclusions: Providers of different healthcare settings who learn theatrical improvisational skills appear to benefit from training. Given communication is a fluid and dynamic exchange of ideas, findings from other fields of practice are discussed in terms of how the speech-language pathologist can use improvisational skills to foster greater therapeutic alliance in their clinical relationships.