Use of applied theatre in health research dissemination and data validation: a pilot study from South Africa

Health (London). 2006 Jan;10(1):31-45. doi: 10.1177/1363459306058985.


This article reports on a pilot study of the use of applied theatre in the dissemination of health research findings and validation of data. The study took place in South Africa, as part of the Southern Africa Stroke Prevention Initiative (SASPI) and was based at the University/Medical Research Council Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (also known as the Agincourt Unit). The aim of SASPI was to investigate the prevalence of stroke and understand the social context of stroke. It was decided to use an applied theatre approach for validating the data and disseminating findings from the anthropological component of the study. The pilot study found that applied theatre worked better in smaller community groups. It allowed data validation and it elicited ideas for future interventions resulting from the health research findings. Evaluation methods of the impact of applied theatre as a vehicle for the dissemination and communication of research findings require further development.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Diffusion of Innovation*
  • Drama*
  • Humans
  • Pilot Projects
  • Prevalence
  • Research*
  • South Africa / epidemiology
  • Stroke / epidemiology
  • Stroke / prevention & control*