What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being?

I found this review of research done in 2019 for the WHO.

It concludes that “results from over 3000 studies identified a major role for the arts in the prevention of ill health, promotion of health, and management and treatment of illness across the lifespan.”

And further suggests that “the beneficial impact of the arts could be furthered through acknowledging and acting on the growing evidence base; promoting arts engagement at the individual, local and national levels; and supporting cross-sectoral collaboration.

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Author: sabine.doolin

Strategy consultant working with the cultural sector

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