For many diseases, early detection is key to healing. Many patients are nervous about revealing the symptoms of their conditions. This study shows that they are okay with drawing pictures of their problem.
Instead of asking a patient to talk about a problem, ask them to draw whatever their issue is. This worked with melanoma patients. This kind of indirect questioning could save lives.
Scott, S., Birt, L., Cavers, D., Shah, N., Campbell, C., & Walter, F. (2015). Patient drawings of their melanoma: A novel approach to understanding symptom perception and appraisal prior to health care Psychology & Health, 30 (9), 1035-1048 DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2015.1016943