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Translating Research Findings to Promote Peace: Moving From “Field to Forum” With Verbatim Theatre

Liehr, Patricia PhD, RN; Morris, Kate BA, MA; Leavitt, Mary Ann RN, BSN, CCRN; Takahashi, Ryutaro MD, PhD

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e31829edc7b
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Peace, both personal and global, resides in understanding. Verbatim theatre is introduced as a vehicle for translating research findings to promote understanding and thereby, promote health. By shifting our translation lens from “bench to bedside” to “field to forum,” new opportunities arise for moving nursing research–findings to an engaged audience. Stories from Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima survivors were woven into the verbatim performance, With Their Voices Raised. Analysis of audience members' reflections after the performance suggests that verbatim theatre created a connection based in openness, engagement, and trust that informed understanding and raised awareness about peace processes.

Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing (Dr Liehr and Ms Leavitt) and Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters (Ms Morris), Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton; and Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, Tokyo, Japan (Dr Takahashi).

Correspondence: Patricia Liehr, PhD, RN, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431 (pliehr@fau.edu).

The authors thank all the people who contributed to the creation of With Their Voices Raised, including their researcher and creative arts colleagues, the audience members, and most of all, the research participants who shared stories of survival that provided the foundation for the work. They also thank Claire Hanson, whose organizing and editorial support contributed to making the work possible.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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