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Educación Médica

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ICART-ISERN, M.T.  and  ACOPI. Research methodology and commercial cinema: keys for an educational experience. Educ. méd. [online]. 2008, vol.11, n.1, pp.13-18. ISSN 1575-1813.

Introduction. The cinema has become from its beginnings, like one of the most extraordinary human recreation that exists from the communication point of view. Aim. The objective of this paper is to present an educational experience in which commercial cinema (CC) was used in the development of the optional subject ‘Investigation in health: health research methods and techniques’, which is taught in the Nursing School at the University of Barcelona. Development. The content of the course is the common one for a research course being the most interesting thing the use of the CC that became the material (subject) of study. During the course, the students should carry out several activities: a literature review, to prepare a questionnaire, to select and visualize a movie of which the technical record and a report should be done. The report should consider aspects related to the illness, the patient, the professionals and the values, feelings and emotions associated to the health problem. Conclusions. The experience showed the importance of the attentive observation of the scenes to capture the non verbal messages related with the health problem; the need to get abilities for the handling of the bibliographical databases (Medline, CINAHL, etc.), and the convenience for more education to read the fi lm language.

Keywords : Commercial cinema; Educational cinema; Investigation; Methodology.

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