Art as a tool in clinician education

Recent research in America has confirmed the value of arts instruction as a tool in medical education, specifically in nurse training.

An evaluation of Art Rounds, an interdisciplinary program in Texas found that the use of visual arts and humanities was highly effective in improving students’ physical observation skills and a powerful tool for teaching nursing students how to be skilled clinicians. Students were found to have improved physical observation skills, increased tolerance for ambiguity, and increased interest in communication skills. The research was published in the Journal of Nursing Education.