Monograph: Arts in Medicine: Linking Culture to Care
Over the last 15 years, there has been a growing interest in incorporating the arts into health care settings and treatment. In more and more communities across the country, the arts humanize hospitals, treatment facilities, senior care centers and rehabilitation programs, and provide an emotional outlet for patients and families during illness and recovery.
This issue of Monographs looks at the value of arts and healing partnerships and illustrates the many ways to build alliances between the arts and the health care field, and includes:
- A discussion of trends and issues contributing to the growth in arts and health care partnerships.
- Profiles of effective, and adaptable, program models.
- Ideas to connect the arts with hospitals, clinics and community health care settings.
- Steps for establishing and sustaining programs.
- A reference guide to books, articles, networks and conferences. (p. 1)
Arts-medical partnerships are not traditional arts therapy, nor are they its replacement. They are a complementary approach that has the power to develop programs that will positively shape the physical and emotional environment of healthcare facilities. These programs can transform institutional settings by incorporating the arts into space and building design. Arts and healthcare efforts make the arts accessible to patients, family members, doctors, nurses and support staff. (p. 2)
- The Growth of Arts in Health Care: How and Why.
- Program Examples.
- Establishing an Arts Program in a Health Care Setting.
- Healing and the Arts Resources.
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