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Citizen Science Research Project

In a research project at the Institute for Complementary and Integrative Medicine at the University Hospital Zurich we are developing new participatory research approaches. The project is about researching the effects of storytelling on the well-being and disease progression of cancer patients. With My Survivalstory (, Martin Inderbitzin has launched a worldwide platform to share bold stories and thus stimulate an honest exchange among patients. The effects are now being scientifically investigated in this research


Rethink is on board as process facilitator and input provider for co-creative methods. Since the project is part of the Citizen Science Initiative of the University of Zurich and ETH, another focus of the project is on the design of new participatory qualitative research methods. The participants of the study will not only be interviewed, but will also develop their own contributions and tools in a co-creative workshop in a series of guided tasks. Conclusions from their own design will then be drawn for research.

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