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Am J Public Health. 2010 Feb;100(2):254-63. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.156497. Epub 2009 Dec 17.

The connection between art, healing, and public health: a review of current literature.

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Department of Medicine, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, C6860 (H034), 500 University Dr, Hershey, PA 17033, USA. hls119@psu.edu

Abstract

This review explores the relationship between engagement with the creative arts and health outcomes, specifically the health effects of music engagement, visual arts therapy, movement-based creative expression, and expressive writing. Although there is evidence that art-based interventions are effective in reducing adverse physiological and psychological outcomes, the extent to which these interventions enhance health status is largely unknown. Our hope is to establish a foundation for continued investigation into this subject and to generate further interest in researching the complexities of engagement with the arts and health.

PMID:
20019311
PMCID:
PMC2804629
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2008.156497
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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