Poems in the Waiting Room: Research Notes

Arts in health charity Poems in the Waiting Room has published seven research notes, covering research undertaken by the charity over 13 years.

Age of Creativity: call for evidence bank

Age of Creativity are building an online evidence bank around the impact of the arts and culture on reducing loneliness in the UK, and are looking for any research, evaluation, case studies and reports that could help with this work.

At the Heart of Health: Realising the value of people and communities

'At the Heart of Health: Realising the value of people and communities' is a recently-published report by NESTA and the Health Foundation which strengthens the case for people taking an active role in their own health and care.

Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: Music beneficial for early-stage dementia

Researchers led by Dr. Teppo Särkämö at University of Helsinki, Finland have revealed that caregiver-implemented musical leisure activities, particularly singing, are cognitively and emotionally beneficial especially in the early stages of dementia.

Report on the impact of allied health professionals, including arts therapists

Public Health England has published research analysing the impact of allied health professionals on public health.

Dance and Parkinson’s

A new research study into the mark Morris Group’s Brooklyn Dance for PD programme has found that participants experienced significant improvement in overall movement, particularly walking.

Special issue of Arts & Health: Culture, museums and wellbeing

Arts & Health – the international journal for research, policy and practice – has published a special issue focused on culture and museums, edited by Helen Chatterjee and Paul Camic.

The participative arts for people living with a dementia: a critical review

A review contextualising the role participatory arts play for people living with dementia and provides an overview of some of the art forms that are most widely used, from storytelling to signing to museums.

Case studies from the National Alliance for Arts in Criminal Justice

These case studies focus on interesting collaborations happening between arts organisations and criminal justice organisations, exploring how they work together and the impact this has on participants and the process of rehabilitation.

Exposure to nature and art boosts immune system

Researchers have linked positive emotions—especially the awe we feel when touched by the beauty of nature, art, and spirituality—with lower levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which are proteins that signal the immune system to work harder.


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