Volume 2022 Number 3
  • EISSN: 2223-506X


Although the visual and expressive arts and music have been used in therapeutics and diagnosis for centuries, only in the past two decades has evidenced-based research on the role of arts in healing achieved a critical mass to warrant inclusion of the arts in health systems both inside and outside the clinic. Qualitative and quantitative studies have demonstrated that the arts can impact prevention, management, and treatment of disease in addition to health promotion. Specifically, the visual, performing and literary arts have been shown to positively affect the following dimensions of health: psychological (coping, emotional regulation); physiological (hormone response, immune function); social (isolation, social support); and behavioral (skills, lifestyle behaviors, exercise). This talk reviews the current medical evidence for the efficacy of Arts for Health programs based on recent reports from WHO, UK government white papers, and published scoping reviews, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses.


Article metrics loading...

Loading full text...

Full text loading...

  • Article Type: Research Article
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error