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This section presents the outcomes of research and evaluation projects based on or relevant to arts and health practice.

  • Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing

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    An inquiry into practice and research in the arts in health and social care by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW) in the UK. This 2-year inquiry (2015-2017) was conducted with a view to making recommendations to improve policy and practice.

    Author:
    All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts Health and Wellbeing

    Publisher:
    All-Party Parliamentary Group

    Year:
    2017

    Context:
    Arts and health

  • Image shown: Between spirit and skin, Ailish Claffey in collaboration with Cathy Coughlan.

    Narratives of health and illness: Arts-based research capturing the lived experience of dementia

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    This paper presents three artists’ residencies in a geriatric medicine unit in a teaching hospital. The aim of the residencies was creation of new work of high artistic quality reflecting the lived experience of the person with dementia and greater understanding of service user experience of living with dementia. This paper also explores arts-based research methodologies in a medical setting.

    Author:
    Desmond O'Neill, Hilary Moss

    Publisher:
    SAGE Journals

    Year:
    2017

    Context:
    Arts and health, dementia

    Artform:
    Dance, Music, Participatory arts, Visual Art

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    The Impact of Arts Activity on Nursing Staff Well-Being: An Intervention in the Workplace

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    Over 59 million workers are employed in the healthcare sector globally, with a daily risk of being exposed to a complex variety of health and safety hazards. The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of arts activity on the well-being of nursing staff.

    Author:
    Jūratė Macijauskienė, Simona Karpavičiūtė

    Publisher:
    International Journal for Environmental Research in Public Health 2016

    Year:
    2016

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    Arts for Health and Wellbeing: An evaluation framework

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    This document provides guidance on appropriate ways of documenting the impacts of arts for health and wellbeing, whether through small scale project evaluations or large scale research studies. It suggests a standard framework for reporting of project activities that will strengthen understanding of what works in specific contexts and enable realistic assessment and appropriate comparisons to be made between programmes.

    Author:
    Norma Daykin with Tim Joss

    Publisher:
    Public Health England

    Year:
    2016

    Context:
    Public Health

    Artform:
    Various

  • Exploring the Longitudinal Relationship Between Arts Engagement and Health

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    A report revealing that engaging with the arts and culture generally has a positive long-term effect on health and wellbeing.

    Author:
    Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt

    Publisher:
    Clive Parkinson Arts for Health Manchester Metropolitan University

    Year:
    2015

    Context:
    Arts and health

    Artform:
    Various

  • A review of the Social Impacts of Culture and Sport (UK)

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    This research reviews the current evidence base on the social impacts of sport and culture. Using a systematic review of relevant literature, this research focuses principally on four main types of social impact: improved health, reduced crime, increased social capital and improved education outcomes.

    Author:
    Jan Gilbertson and William Tayleur

    Publisher:
    The Culture and Sport Evidence (CASE) programme

    Year:
    2015

    Context:
    Various

    Artform:
    Various

  • The Bare Necessities of Life – Reactions to Kids’ Classics Live Music in a Children’s Hospital in Ireland

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    An independent evaluation documenting the evidence of the impact of Kids’ Classics music activities in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin.

    Author:
    Dr Anneli Haake

    Publisher:
    National Concert Hall, The Community Foundation for Ireland

    Year:
    2015

    Context:
    Acute Hospital, Children

    Artform:
    Music

  • The Role of the Modern Curator in Hospital

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    This paper explores the role of the curator in the modern hospital through an international qualitative study of ten professionals working as arts managers / curators in English speaking hospitals.

    Author:
    Hilary Moss

    Publisher:
    National Centre for Arts & Health

    Year:
    2015

    Context:
    Acute Hospital, Various

    Artform:
    Various

  • Confidentiality, Consent and Decision Making in Arts and Health Participatory Art Practice

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  • Aesthetic Deprivation: the role of the arts for older people in hospital (PhD Summary)

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    A summary of a PhD conducted at Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine under the supervision of Prof Des O’Neill and Dr Claire Donnellan.

    Author:
    Hilary Moss

    Year:
    2014

    Context:
    Acute Hospital, Older people

    Artform:
    Various

  • Wellbeing in four policy areas: Report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics

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    Through the lens of four specific policy areas, this inquiry sets out to demonstrate that national wellbeing evidence should be used to inform policy. It focuses on how policy could enhance wellbeing without increasing public spending.

    Author:
    Christine Berry

    Publisher:
    New Economics Foundation

    Year:
    2014

    Context:
    Policy

    Artform:
    Various

  • Hospitalization and Aesthetic Health in Older Adults

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    A study assessing the impact of hospitalization on arts engagement among older people; and to assess perceptions of whether hospitals are aesthetically deprived environments.

    Author:
    Claire Donnellan, Des O’Neill, Hilary Moss

    Publisher:
    Jamda

    Year:
    2014

    Context:
    Older people

    Artform:
    Various

  • Aesthetic deprivation: the role of aesthetics for older patients in hospital (PhD thesis)

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    This thesis was submitted by Hilary Moss towards the degree of Doctor of Philosophy to the Department of Medical Gerontology, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin in 2014. The overall research question is ‘What is the role of aesthetics for patients in hospital?’

    Author:
    Hilary Moss

    Year:
    2014

    Context:
    Acute Hospital, Older people

    Artform:
    Various

  • REFLECT Lab Co-mentoring: North West Evaluation

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    An evaluation of REFLECT Lab, a professional development opportunity led by Helium for artists and healthcare professionals working with children in the North West. Conducted by Teresa Cawley on behalf of HSE West.

    Author:
    Teresa Cawley

    Publisher:
    Helium

    Year:
    2013

    Context:
    Children, Continuous Professional Development Training

    Artform:
    Various

  • Synaesthesia (PDF)

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    This is an exploratory document which teases out some of the conditions needed for a multi-disciplinary collaborative approach to art making in a mental health setting.

    Author:
    Joanna Cunningham

    Publisher:
    Waterford Healing Arts Trust

    Year:
    2013

    Context:
    Mental Health

    Artform:
    Music, Participatory arts, Visual Art

  • The aesthetic and cultural interests of patients attending an acute hospital – a phenomenological study

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    This qualitative study looks at the aesthetic and cultural pursuits of older patients in hospital.

    Author:
    Des O’Neill, Hilary Moss

    Publisher:
    Journal of Advanced Nursing

    Year:
    2013

    Context:
    Acute Hospital

    Artform:
    Various

  • The aesthetic and cultural pursuits of patients with stroke

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    This study aimed to obtain insights of people affected by stroke about the profile of art and aesthetic activities in their lives and the influence of stroke on these aspects.

    Author:
    Aoife Cassidy, Clare O'Connell, Des O’Neill, Hilary Moss

    Publisher:
    Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases

    Year:
    2013

    Context:
    Acute Hospital, Stroke

    Artform:
    Various

  • Healthy Attendance?

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    A study that looks at the impact of cultural engagement and sports participation on health and satisfaction with life in Scotland

    Author:
    Clare Leadbetter, Niamh O'Connor

    Publisher:
    Scottish Government

    Year:
    2013

  • Arts, Health and Wellbeing Beyond the Millennium: How far have we come and where do we want to go?

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    This report provides a review of the evidence for the benefits of the arts to health, as well as the policy context of commissioning arts and health initiatives.

    Author:
    Health and wellbeing

    Publisher:
    Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH)

    Year:
    2013

    Context:
    Arts and health

    Artform:
    Various

  • Be Creative Be Well: arts, wellbeing and local communities, an evaluation (PDF)

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    A report that describes and evaluates the Be Creative Be Well project and the key role it has played within the integrated, community-led Well London programme.

    Author:
    Marseili Cameron, Nikki Crane, Richard Ings

    Publisher:
    Arts Council of England

    Year:
    2012

    Context:
    Community Health

    Artform:
    Various

  • Art Programme in the Dialysis Unit, Tallaght Hospital, 2011-2012

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    A report on the art programme in the Dialysis Unit of Tallaght Hospital

    Author:
    Hilary Moss

    Publisher:
    AMNCH

    Year:
    2012

    Context:
    Acute Hospital, Renal Dialysis

    Artform:
    Visual Art

  • Beyond Diagnosis – the transformative potential of the arts in mental health recovery

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    Arts + Minds commissioned Lydia Sapouna to investigate the impact and potential of the arts within mental health care. This report is the result of that research.

    Author:
    Lydia Sapouna

    Publisher:
    Arts + Minds

    Year:
    2012

    Context:
    Mental Health

    Artform:
    Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Storytelling, Visual Art

  • Singing and Mental Health (PDF)

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    Evidence-based guide on the benefits of group singing for mental health and wellbeing.

    Author:
    Ian Morrison and Stephen Clift

    Publisher:
    Canterbury Christ Church University

    Year:
    2012

    Context:
    Mental Health

    Artform:
    Music

  • Azure: Exploring greater inclusion of people with dementia in museums and galleries in Ireland

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    2012 Pilot Evaluation of the Azure project at the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny

    Publisher:
    Age & Opportunity

    Year:
    2012

    Context:
    People with dementia, Social Inclusion

    Artform:
    Visual Art

  • RNCM Medical Notes Project at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

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    A report on the outcomes of the Medical Notes Project for children, families, musicians and staff at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. This project is delivered by the Royal Northern College of Music.

    Author:
    Alison Cavanagh, Dr Joan Livesley, Dr Robin Dewhurst, Dr Tony Long, Maria Grant

    Publisher:
    University of Salford Manchester

    Year:
    2012

    Context:
    Acute Hospital, Children

    Artform:
    Music

  • Arts Ability Programme: Arts and Health or Arts and Disability or both?

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    A record of Wexford County Council’s considered position on its relationship to Arts and Health and Arts and Disability in relation to the Arts Ability programme.

    Author:
    Marielle MacLeman

    Publisher:
    Wexford County Council

    Year:
    2012

    Context:
    Local Authority

    Artform:
    Various

  • Prescribed Culture: Summary of Research Findings

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    A summary of research findings following a prescribed culture project in the south of Sweden.

    Author:
    Soren Augustinsson

    Publisher:
    Sweden

    Year:
    2011

    Context:
    Prescribed culture

    Artform:
    Various

  • An Evidence Review of the Impact of Participatory Arts on Older People (PDF)

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    A review that verifies the positive impact participatory arts can have on the health and wellbeing of older people.

    Author:
    Mental Health Foundation (UK)

    Publisher:
    Mental Health Foundation (UK) Commissioned by The Baring Foundation

    Year:
    2011

    Context:
    Mental Health

    Artform:
    Various

  • New Model Visual Arts Organisations and Social Engagement (PDF)

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    Four intensive organisational case studies characterise and compare distinctive approaches to socially engaged visual arts practice in the UK.

    Author:
    Alastair Roy, Leah Whitaker, Lynn Froggett, Robert Little

    Publisher:
    University of Central Lancashire

    Year:
    2011

    Context:
    Socially engaged practice

    Artform:
    Visual Art

  • An interim evaluation of the ‘Arts for Well-being’ social prescribing scheme in County Durham

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    This review considers firstly the policy context for social prescribing, the development of arts on prescription schemes, and issues for evaluation of this field of work.

    Author:
    Mike White and Esther Salamon

    Publisher:
    Durham University

    Year:
    2010

    Context:
    Community Health

    Artform:
    Various

  • Helium Puppet Portal Project Evaluation (Summary) (PDF)

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    An independent evaluation of a puppetry and technology project across four hospital environments.

    Author:
    Spiral Orchard

    Publisher:
    Helium

    Year:
    2010

    Context:
    Children

    Artform:
    Puppetry, Technology

  • Helium Puppet Portal Project Evaluation (Master) (PDF)

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    An independent evaluation of a puppetry and technology project across four hospital environments.

    Author:
    Spiral Orchard

    Publisher:
    Helium

    Year:
    2010

    Context:
    Children

    Artform:
    Puppetry, Technology

  • An Independent Evaluation of a Composer in Residence Report AMNCH 2010 (DOC)

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    An evaluation of a Composer in Residence project in the Stroke Unit of the Adelaide and Meath incorporating the National Children's Hospital

    Author:
    Nicola Dunne

    Publisher:
    The National Centre for Arts and Health

    Year:
    2010

    Artform:
    Music

  • ‘Creative Ageing’ A Practical Exploration of the Arts in the Healthcare of Older People (PDF)

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    A report that considers how arts-based activities can be deployed to complement traditional programmes of healthcare to improve the well being of older people with dementia.

    Author:
    Davis Grant, Dr. Jenny Elliott, Sue Morrison

    Publisher:
    Arts Care NI

    Year:
    2010

    Context:
    Older people

    Artform:
    Various

  • Well into older age — Age & Opportunity and the evidence (PDF)

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    What research says about the value of promoting participation of older people.

    Author:
    Dr. Áine Ní Léime & Professor Eamon O’Shea

    Publisher:
    Age & Opportunity

    Year:
    2010

    Context:
    Older people

    Artform:
    Various

  • Evaluation of Music in Renal Dialysis Programme 2009/2010 (PDF)

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    An evaluation of a participatory music programme in the Renal Dialysis Unit of Waterford Regional Hospital

    Author:
    Mary Grehan

    Publisher:
    Waterford Healing Arts Trust

    Year:
    2010

    Context:
    Renal Dialysis

    Artform:
    Music

  • What training do artists need to work in healthcare settings? (PDF)

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    Research that led to the development of a training course for artists working in health settings.

    Author:
    Des O’Neill, Hilary Moss

    Publisher:
    Journal of Medical Ethics; Medical Humanities

    Year:
    2009

    Context:
    Professional Development, Training

    Artform:
    Various

  • Report on Interdisciplinary Arts in Health Project 2009 (PDF)

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    A report on arts in health based workshops involving an interprofessional engagement amongst arts and health students and mental health service users.

    Author:
    Dr. Jenny Elliott

    Year:
    2009

    Context:
    Mental Health

    Artform:
    Various

  • Invest to Save: Arts in Health — Reflections on a 3-year period of research and development in the North West…

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    A reflective account of a three-year mixed-methodological research and development project exploring creativity, culture and the arts on public health, taking national development in the field into account.

    Author:
    Clive Parkinson

    Publisher:
    Australasian Journal of Arts Health

    Year:
    2009

    Context:
    Public Health

    Artform:
    Various

  • Hospital arts co-ordinators:an accidental profession? (PDF)

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    Research focusing on hospital based arts co-ordinators and their views on the challenges posed by their work

    Author:
    Josie Aston

    Year:
    2009

    Context:
    Professional Development

    Artform:
    Various

  • Restoring the Balance: the effect of arts participation on wellbeing and health

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    A collection of interviews conducted between May 2009 and July 2009. People from a wide range of backgrounds explain how their wellbeing, their health and, in some cases, their lives have been transformed as a result of arts participation

    Author:
    Paul Delvin

    Publisher:
    Voluntary Arts England

    Year:
    2009

    Context:
    Arts and health

    Artform:
    Various

  • An evaluation: The Bealtaine Festival (PDF)

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    This evaluation assesses the contribution of the Bealtaine festival, celebrating creativity in older age, to promoting the participation of older people in the arts in Ireland, and to improving the health and well-being of the people who participate.

    Author:
    Dr. Áine Ní Léime & Professor Eamon O’Shea

    Publisher:
    Age & Opportunity

    Year:
    2008

    Context:
    Older people

    Artform:
    Various

  • Ceol le Chéile-Music Together Evaluation (PDF)

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    An evaluation of the participatory music programme delivered by Cork Arts and Health Programme, HSE South

    Author:
    Mike White, University of Durham

    Publisher:
    University of Durham

    Year:
    2008

    Context:
    Mental Health

    Artform:
    Music

  • The ‘Open Window’ Study (PDF)

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    A PHD research study evaluating the psychological effect of 'Open Window' and exploring the experiences of people undergoing stem cell or bone marrow transplant for the treatment of haematological malignancies

    Author:
    Catherine McCabe

    Year:
    2008

    Context:
    Stem Cell/ Bone Marrow Transplant

    Artform:
    Visual Art

  • Crossing the line (PDF)

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    An evaluation of a Musician in Residence programme in mental health settings, Waterford City

    Author:
    Kevin O’Shanahan, Mary Grehan

    Year:
    2008

    Context:
    Mental Health

    Artform:
    Music

  • Invest to Save: Arts in Health Evaluation (PDF)

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    An evaluation exploring the impact of creativity, culture and the arts on health and wellbeing

    Author:
    Amanda Kilroy, Carolyn Kagan, Charlotte Garner, Clive Parkinson, Peter Senior

    Publisher:
    Arts for Health at Manchester

    Year:
    2008

    Context:
    Community Health

    Artform:
    Various

  • The Benefits of Therapeutic Art Sessions in a Renal Dialysis Unit (PDF)

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    An evaluation of the benefits of therapeutic art sessions in the Renal Dialysis Unit of Adelaide and Meath Incorporating the National Children's Hospital

    Author:
    Gillian Field

    Publisher:
    AMNCH, The National Centre for Arts and Health

    Year:
    2007

    Context:
    Renal Dialysis

    Artform:
    Visual Art

  • The Benefit of Creative Writing for Patients in a Cardiac Rehabilitation Department (PDF)

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    An evaluation of the benefit of creative writing for patients in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit of Adelaide and Meath Incorporating the National Children's Hospital

    Author:
    Hilary Moss

    Publisher:
    AMNCH, The National Centre for Arts and Health

    Year:
    2007

    Context:
    Cardiac Rehabilitation

    Artform:
    Creative Writing

  • A Cure for the Soul? The benefit of live music in the General Hospital (PDF)

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    An evaluation of the benefit of live music performance in the Adelaide and Meath Incorporating the National Children's Hospital

    Author:
    Des O’Neill, Edelle Nolan, Hilary Moss

    Publisher:
    Irish Medical Journal

    Year:
    2007

    Context:
    Acute Hospital

    Artform:
    Music

  • Conversations in Colour (PDF)

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    Evaluation of an Arts for Health Partnership Programme 2005/6, West Cork

    Author:
    Jennifer Russell

    Publisher:
    West Cork Arts Centre

    Year:
    2007

    Context:
    Older people

    Artform:
    Visual Art

  • Mental Health, Social Inclusion and Arts: developing the evidence base (PDF)

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    A research study that aimed to identify appropriate indicators and measures of mental health and social inclusion outcomes, and to develop and implement an evaluation framework based on those indicators and measures.

    Author:
    Jo Shenton

    Publisher:
    Anglia Ruskin / UCLAN Research Team

    Year:
    2007

    Context:
    Mental Health, Social Inclusion

    Artform:
    Various

  • Towards Transformation: Exploring the impact of culture, creativity and the arts on health and wellbeing (PDF)

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    Exploring the impact of culture, creativity and the arts on health and wellbeing

    Author:
    Amanda Kilroy, Carolyn Kagan, Charlotte Garner, Clive Parkinson, Peter Senior

    Publisher:
    Arts for Health at Manchester

    Year:
    2007

    Context:
    Community Health

    Artform:
    Various

  • Report of the Review of Arts and Health Working Group

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    A report setting out the findings and recommendations of the Review of Arts and Health Working Group, which was set up by Harry Cayton, the National Director for Patient and the Public, to support him in advising the Department of Health on its role in relation to arts and health (UK)

    Author:
    Harry Cayton

    Publisher:
    Department of Health

    Year:
    2007

    Context:
    Policy

    Artform:
    Various

  • Dreams Project (PDF)

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    A research report assessing the value of participation by patients, staff and community members in the Dreams Arts and Health visual art project in the Mater Hospital, Belfast.

    Author:
    Arts Care

    Publisher:
    Arts Care

    Year:
    2006

    Context:
    Acute Hospital

    Artform:
    Visual Art

  • GENNING UP: A Research Paper for Blue Drum on Community-based Arts in Health (DOC)

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    A research paper for Blue Drum on community-based arts in health

    Author:
    Mike White, University of Durham

    Publisher:
    Blue Drum, University of Durham

    Year:
    2006

    Context:
    Community Health

    Artform:
    Various

  • Mind Where You Look – Research Summary (PDF)

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    A comparative study between a hospital and a gallery as sites for viewing art

    Author:
    Mary Grehan

    Year:
    2005

    Context:
    Acute Hospital

    Artform:
    Visual Art

  • Music in Healthcare / Mental Health (PDF)

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    An evaluation of the participative music programme designed by Music Network as part of Cork 2005 – European Capital of Culture

    Author:
    Orla Moloney

    Publisher:
    Music Network

    Year:
    2005

    Context:
    Mental Health

    Artform:
    Music

  • Age & Opportunity Evaluation Arts in Care Settings Project (PDF)

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    This report summarises the findings of an evaluation of the Arts in Care Settings Project.

    Author:
    OCS Consulting

    Publisher:
    Age & Opportunity

    Year:
    2004

    Context:
    Older people

    Artform:
    Various

  • Evaluation of the Music in Healthcare Project 2000 – 2004 (PDF)

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    An evaluation of the Music in Healthcare Project: a partnership between Music Network and the Midland Health Board.

    Author:
    Orla Moloney

    Publisher:
    Music Network

    Year:
    2004

    Artform:
    Music

  • Arts in health: a review of the medical literature (PDF)

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    This review of medical literature explores the relationship of the arts and humanities to healthcare, and the influence and effects of the arts on health.

    Author:
    Dr Rosalia Lelchuk Staricoff

    Publisher:
    Arts Council of England

    Year:
    2004

    Context:
    Medical Humanities

  • A Study of the Effects of the Visual and Performing Arts in healthcare King’s Fund 2004 (DOC)

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    The research explores whether visual and performing arts could have an effect on psychological, physiological and biological outcomes of clinical significance.

    Author:
    Dr Rosalia Lelchuk Staricoff, Jane P. Duncan, Melissa Wright

    Publisher:
    Chelsea & Westminister Hospital Arts

    Year:
    2003

    Artform:
    Performing Arts, Visual Art

  • MUSIC IN HEALTHCARE PROJECT: PHASE 3 INTERIM EVALUATION REPORT (PDF)

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    An evaluation report of the first year of Phase 3 of the Music in Healthcare programme: a partnership between Music Network and the Midland Health Board.

    Author:
    Music Network

    Publisher:
    Music Network

    Year:
    2002

    Artform:
    Music

  • MUSIC IN HEALTHCARE PROJECT: EVALUATION REPORT (PDF)

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    A report of the first phase of the evaluation of the Music in Healthcare Project: a partnership between Music Network and the Midland Health Board

    Author:
    Music Network

    Publisher:
    Music Network

    Year:
    2000

    Artform:
    Music

  • MUSIC IN HEALTHCARE PROJECT: EVALUATION REPORT PHASE TWO (PDF)

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    A report of the second phase of the evaluation of the Music in Healthcare Project: a partnership between Music Network and the Midland Health Board

    Author:
    Judith Wilkinson

    Publisher:
    Music Network

    Year:
    2000

    Artform:
    Music

  • Art for Health a review of good practice in community-based arts projects and interventions which impact on health and wellbeing…

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    This bulletin summarises the main findings of the review, and provides information on the current nature of arts for health initiatives and on recommendations for good practice.

    Author:
    UK Health Education Authority

    Publisher:
    UK Health Education Authority

    Year:
    1999

    Context:
    Community Health

    Artform:
    Various


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