On photovoice—Applications and reflections to an intensive care context

Sepideh Olausson, Berit Lindahl

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Background: In this paper, we share our experiences of using ‘photovoice’ methodology as a way to generate data in intensive care units concerning the place and space of care. We have adapted and modified ‘photovoice’ in researching people's lived experiences of ICU. Researching lived experiences in an intensive care context is challenging because of the complex nature of critical care. Aim: This study aims to explore and discuss photovoice methodolgy in ICU as a data collection method. Materials and Methods: Photos and interviews collected from patients, loved ones and staff collected in a previous research proejct. Results: Although there are challenges in using cameras and photographing the environment in the ICU, due to ethics and the voiceless patients therein, many advantages are presented to the researchers in capturing the meaning of lived experiences of various phenomena in the lifeworld in general and in the meaning of place and space. This paper offers applications and reflection over ontological, epistemological and methodological concerns and also offers a detailed approach on how to employ photovoice for successful and rich data generation. Discussion: developing and adapting scientific methods and methodologies contributes to knowledge development in caring science and is therefore an important subject of matter. Conclusions: Photovoice also presents a powerful tool in disseminating the findings as it opens up the closed world of ICU to the public and increases people's understanding of the significance of place and space of caring practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1123-1133
JournalScandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Issue number4
Early online date2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Nursing

Free keywords

  • hospital facilities
  • intensive care units
  • photovoice
  • place and space
  • qualitative methodology


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