‘It helps me make sense of the world’: the role of an art intervention for promoting health and wellbeing in primary care—perspectives of patients, health professionals and artists

Diane Crone, Elaine E O'Connell, Phil Tyson, Frances Clark-Stone, Simon Opher, David James

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Abstract

Abstract

Background
Art interventions are increasingly used in public health for the enhancement of patients’ health and wellbeing. The present study investigated perceived outcomes and role of an art intervention from the collective perspectives of participants (patients who took part), deliverers (artists) and referrers (general practitioners and practice nurses).

Methods
A qualitative methodology, using interviews and focus groups, allowed investigation of participants (n018) perceived outcomes and role of the intervention. Participants included patients (n010), artists (n05), and referring health professionals (n03).

Results
Themes that emerged from the analysis included perceived benefits, role and value of the intervention, and setting and referral process. Central to these themes were psychological and mental health benefits, an appreciated
holistic treatment option and the merits of the intervention being situated in the surgery setting.

Conclusions
The study showed that art interventions within primary care are valuable in the promotion of public health, and in particular, patients’ mental health. Interactions
between other participants and the artist were central to achieving patients’ perceived health improvement. Locating the intervention in primary care facilitated patient participation and provided health professionals with a holistic treatment alternative. There is also some evidence that participation in the
intervention encourages less dependence on the health professional.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberDOI 10.1007/s10389-012-0495-x
Pages (from-to)519–524
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Public Health (United Kingdom)
Volume20
Issue number5
Early online date11 Feb 2012
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012

Keywords

  • Art intervention
  • Primary care
  • Qualitative
  • Psychological benefits
  • Holistic well-being

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