An arts-based educational exhibit on menopausal hot flashes

Janet S. Carpenter, Mark Kesling, Karen K. Schmidt

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Objective:The aim of this study was to describe the development process, science, and symbolism of an arts-based educational exhibit designed to address myths, misinformation, negative imagery, and use of unproven treatments related to menopausal hot flashes.Methods:The development process included iterative and informal feedback from a variety of individuals, a partnership with an experienced exhibit designer, and collaborations between artists and scientists.Results:The resulting exhibit creates an environment where the public is immersed in accurate information about hot flashes. Although based on an iterative process, the resulting exhibit content reflects an estimated 500+ scientific studies, including those referenced in The North American Menopause Society position statements on hormone and nonhormone management of hot flashes. The seven main exhibit pieces convey scientific information and symbolize various aspects of women's experiences.Conclusions:This innovative exhibit has high potential to be a disruptive innovation to address the preponderance of myths, misinformation, and negative imagery surrounding menopausal hot flashes and potentially decrease the use of unproven therapies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1062-1067
Number of pages6
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019


  • Arts-based dissemination of science
  • Arts-based science education
  • Menopausal hot flashes
  • Women's health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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