Focus group reactions to an arts-based educational exhibit on menopausal hot flashes

Janet S. Carpenter, Karen K. Schmidt, Lynsey M. Jarvis, Jennifer L. Lapum, Mark D. Kesling

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Objective:To assess public reactions to an arts-based educational exhibit designed to immerse and engage people in scientific facts to increase their conceptual understanding of hot flashes. Our ultimate goals were to stimulate learning and conversations about menopausal hot flashes to change interactions between menopausal women and providers, and menopausal women and other people (family, friends, etc). Focus groups reacted to the concept art (graphics, miniaturized model); and a questionnaire for quickly assessing reactions.Methods:Using a qualitative descriptive methodology, six focus groups of diverse people (n=50) aged 13 to 64 years described their reactions to the art and questionnaire. Recruitment methods were word of mouth, advertisements on university websites, and a university-based participant registry. Data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis and inductively derived codes.Results:Reactions to the concept art were generally favorable. Participants remarked on appealing and less appealing aspects and age appropriateness. Appealing aspects were resonance with women's experiences, clear information, use of symbolism, and overall design. Less appealing aspects lacked resonance, contained confusing information, or unappealing design elements. Participants felt the exhibit should be open to all ages. The final questionnaire reflected participants' descriptions of the art's ability to stimulate learning, dispel myths, spur dialog, and increase empathy.Conclusions:The concept art is an appropriate tool for improving knowledge and communication about hot flashes. Displaying the concept art and/or future full-scale exhibit in healthcare settings or public venues may facilitate learning and communication among three groups-menopausal women, healthcare providers, and others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)981-988
Number of pages8
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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