Visualizing the Neurobiology of Trauma: Design and evaluation of an eLearning module for continuing professional development of family physicians in the Online Psychiatric Education Network

  • Sarah Kim University of Toronto
  • Leila Lax University of Toronto
  • Dana Ross University of Toronto
  • Derek Ng University of Toronto
  • Diana Grossi University of Toronto
  • Renu Gupta University of Toronto
  • Sanjeev Sockalingham University of Toronto
  • Robin Mason Lana School of Public Health and Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto
  • Valerie Taylor Women's College Hospital, Toronto
Keywords: medical animation, neurobiology, trauma, knowledge building, knowledge translation, design research

Abstract

Traumatic experiences can change brain structures and compromise emotional, cognitive, and bodily functions, thereby debilitating patients. Yet, trauma is not well understood by physicians and few educational resources are available, despite its prevalence. The goal of this design research project is to develop and evaluate 2D animations in a case-based eLearning module. Complexities of post-traumatic stress disorder, including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, are difficult to teach, talk about, and visually portray. Results of this study elucidate effective design dimensions of graphic narratives, keywords, and animations.

Published
2017-12-07
How to Cite
Kim, S., Lax, L., Ross, D., Ng, D., Grossi, D., Gupta, R., Sockalingham, S., Mason, R., & Taylor, V. (2017). Visualizing the Neurobiology of Trauma: Design and evaluation of an eLearning module for continuing professional development of family physicians in the Online Psychiatric Education Network. Journal of Biocommunication, 41(2). https://doi.org/10.5210/jbc.v41i2.7005
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