The most recent edition of Hill Strategies Research’s Arts Research Monitor includes highlights from four recent reports examining the benefits of arts and culture for health and wellbeing, including reports on musical interventions in healthcare settings in Canada and the United Kingdom, findings from extensive research and consultations on the arts and health in the United Kingdom, and a literature review of the evidence for arts and culture's effects on health and wellbeing and in the criminal justice system.
The studies included in this edition are:
Live Music in Care
University of Winchester and Live Music Now, November 2018
Using a mixed methods approach, University of Winchester researchers in the United Kingdom (UK) found that weekly sessions with professional musicians resulted in “significant benefits” for residents, staff, and the overall atmosphere in five care homes.
Music Matters: Optimizing Music in Complex Care and Rehabilitation
Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, University of Toronto Music and HealthResearch Collaboratory, and Room 217 Foundation, April 2015
Based on mostly qualitative data obtained through patient focus groups as well as stakeholder and staff consultations in a rehabilitation and complex care hospital, this report explores how music care could be delivered and evaluated in complex care environments.
Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing
All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (U.K.), 2017
Noting that it is potentially “the most comprehensive overview of the field to date”, this report provides evidence demonstrating the impact of the arts on health and wellbeing throughout all stages of life.
Arts and culture in health and wellbeing and in the criminal justice system
Arts Council England, November 2018
Based on a literature review of over 175 articles and reports published since 2010 (mainly academic literature), this report provides an examination of the evidence base for the effects of arts and culture on health and wellbeing and the criminal justice system.