Photovoice creates opportunities for mutual learning among patients, providers, payers, community members, researchers, and peers. Photovoice reaches decision-makers with powerful information (photographs and captions) about real lives. Photovoice builds reflection, research, critical thinking, teamwork and communication skills as participants take photographs, discuss them, write captions, and organize outreach.


 Benefits of Photovoice Include:

  • Helps people to feel heard, and to feel that their lives and opinions matter

  • Inform programming ,services, quality improvement, and evaluation

  • Gives participants a voice in healthcare, community, and research

  • Raises awareness of resources and problems

  • Awakens appreciation for different points of view

  • Supports recovery and healing

  • Supports efforts to find purpose and meaning in life after a major life disruption

  • Empowers people, patients, families, and communities

  • Creates powerful data for clinical care, research, education, and decision-making

  • Fosters patient, family, and community dialog

  • Increases civic engagement

  • Strengthens writing and communication skills

  • Develops teamwork skills

  • Has wide impact for low cost

  • Establishes partnerships for change

  • Plants seeds for future efforts



Talking about photos can cross the divide between researchers and community members, and between clinicians and patients (Photo: Laura Lorenz, Mdtantsane Township, South Africa, 2001)


With Photovoice, participants look at their environment with new eyes (Graphic: Laura Lorenz, ‘Pictures that Speak’, Mdantsane Township, South Africa, 2001). The SHOWeD questions come from Caroline Wang's 1999 paper in Journal of Women’s Health.



Hosting an exhibit for invited guests encourages mutual learning and translation to practice, programming, and policy (Photo: Laura Lorenz,  ‘Brain Injury X-Posed’, Framingham, MA, USA)

Putting cameras in the hands of patients can mean fair process in health and healthcare (Graphic: Laura Lorenz, PhD), in Lorenz and Chilingerian (2011) JoVE



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