RSPH SIG Research Corner January 2019

Each month the Arts in Health Special Interest Group at the RSPH curates a short collection of recent peer-reviewed papers that may be useful for practitioners and researchers working in this area. Where possible we try to link to open-source papers that anyone can read, without needing university access.


New model for how singing impacts on people affected by cancer

Singing in choirs can help people affected by cancer (including patients, carers, staff and those who have been bereaved) through providing psychological support, social support and ultimately building resilience.


Leading a meaningful life affects health, biology and social engagement

Feeling that one’s life is worthwhile (something the arts very much supports) can lead to lower depressive symptoms, fewer physical health problems, more positive social relationships, better immune function, lower BMI and healthier behaviours.


Transmedia storytelling promotes health behaviours

Online drama series with specific public health aims have been found to improve sexual and reproductive health amongst adolescents, suggesting that considered collaboration between media companies, artists, storytellers and health professionals could be more effective than traditional public health campaigns for certain groups.


Hospital arts predicts patient satisfaction

Hospital arts has been found to predict patient satisfaction and impression of hospitals and the likelihood that patients recommend a hospital to others.

Songwriting supports wellbeing and self-concept following acquired brain injury

Song-writing can improve self-concept and well-being in subacute rehabilitation for people following an acquired brain injury, as well as developing a sense of hope and coping strategies.