Latest resources

In this section you will find all the research, guidelines, data and resources that we have included in the LAHF newsletter. You can filter these by type of resource, or by theme using the tags on the right hand side of this page.

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Bringing the Arts to Life: A Guide to the Arts and Long-Term Care

This latest resource from the Global Alliance for Arts & Health, published in partnership with IDEAS Institute and The Hulda B. & Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation, provides examples of how the arts in long-term care communities can play a key role in person-centered care by engaging older adults in the artistic process.

Supervising arts and health activity

A new article exploring the issues of supervising and governance of arts in health activity has been published.


Evaluation of senior participative arts

A new publication looking at the cost benefits of the Californian "Community of Voices” programme has been published.


Assessing impacts

Arts in health organisation Creative Future has published two reports analysing the wellbeing impact of their work on service users.


A Right Old Song and Dance

Dorset County Hospital has published an evaluation of a project which brought a storyteller and a musician together with patients with dementia.


Medicine Health and the Arts

Medicine, Health and the Arts is a collection of specially commissioned essays designed to bring together different approaches to these complex fields.

On Music and Dementia

While the Music Lasts is a new book by Rineke Smilde, Kate Page and Peter Alheit exploring the interaction between music and dementia.

Hospital arts case studies

rb&hArts has completed a compendium of different projects within its programme to offer an insight into the development and implementation of different types of arts activity in a hospital setting.

Sustaining the Note of Hope

A report from the Music and Dementia seminar hosted by The Rayne Foundation and the National Alliance for Arts and Health has now been published. The report includes case studies and recommendations for implementing music activities with and for people with a diagnosis of dementia.

Mike White on arts and health research

A new paper by arts and health researcher Mike White has been published by public art think-tank ixia. It explores the development of research into the role of the arts in NHS and community settings.

Dance and mental health evaluation

Dance United, the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College, London and the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLaM) have just completed an evaluation report on their partnership pilot project Seabreeze.

Qualitative research into the impact of the arts on health

Australian researchers have published a new piece of qualitative research into the links between the arts and health. The detailed research, while limited in scope, concluded that the arts have the potential to assist in the promotion of health and healing.

Local authority arts and health case studies

The Chief Cultural and Leisure Officers Association has posted its guide to best practice in local authority engagement in arts and health. The organisation has produced a brochure showcasing a range of local authority arts in health case studies from across the country highlighting the benefits to public health of commissioning arts and leisure activity.

Neurological impacts of music

A new paper has been published reviewing the psychoneuroimmunology of music. The paper examines sixty-three studies published over the past 22 years, exploring a range of effects of music on neurotransmitters, hormones, cytokines, lymphocytes, vital signs and immunoglobulins as well as psychological assessments.

Policies for Wellbeing

A new book, Interventions and Policies to Enhance Well-being by Professor Felicia Huppert and Professor Cary Cooper has just been published in the UK by Wiley Blackwell, and is about to be published in the US and elsewhere. It is the final volume of a 6-volume set entitled Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide.