Research and Practice
ArtsHealth is the connection or interface between the arts and creativity, and health, science and well-being.
There is tremendous interest in research that explores the nature and effectiveness of the interface between creative arts, health and allied disciplines, and for artists and arts academics to work with those in the community actively involved in promoting health and well-being across all groups and in a wide range of contexts. Areas of interest include the interface between the arts and developments in therapies, educational strategies, treatments, techonolgies and environments that aim to promote and enhance individual health and healthy functioning communities.
Research shows that in clinical settings, encouraging patients to engage with the arts can help them to manage pain and the side effects of some treatments, to alleviate stress and anxiety and to come to terms with what can be major and distressing episodes in their lives.
Incorporating the arts into the design of health care facilities has positive benefits for staff, for patients and for their carers. Integrating the arts into the training and professional development of health professionals helps them better communicate with and understand their patients, from all social and ethnic groups.