Arts and Health

Volume 6 No 1 / April 30, 200730 April 2007

This month: a focus on the relationship between the arts and health, including a presentation of a hospital-based arts program, the potential impacts of dance on health, a British report summarizing medical research into the impacts of the arts on health, and a Canadian literature review of the arts and health.


Arts and Culture in Medicine and Health: A Survey Research Paper

Arts Research Monitor

This Canadian literature review highlights creative arts therapies in modern medical treatment, the arts and culture’s impacts on the Public Health Agency of Canada’s “Key Determinants of Health”, as well as the relationship o… View this resource

Arts in Health: A Review of the Medical Literature

Arts Research Monitor

This British report provides a summary of 385 references from the medical literature regarding the effects of the arts and humanities in: achieving clinical outcomes for the benefit of patients; raising staff morale and job satisfaction; widening the… View this resource

Dance in Health: The Benefits for People of All Ages

Arts Research Monitor

This report highlights 19 case studies of dance organizations, events and activities in the U.K. that aim to provide physical, mental, personal, social and educational benefits. The report indicates that dance “has particular appeal to a number… View this resource

The Arts in Health: Artists on the Wards at University of Alberta Hospitals

Arts Research Monitor

This report, based on a presentation by Susan Pointe, art advisor for the Friends of University Hospitals, summarizes the arts program at University of Alberta Hospitals (Edmonton). Through the artists-on-the-wards program, artists help adult acute-c… View this resource

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