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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King’s Fund arts in hospitals

The King’s Fund has published a retrospective reflecting on its commissioning of arts activity in hospitals from 1979 to 2010.

Museum object handling in mental healthcare

A new paper from the International Journal of Mental Health Promotion offers preliminary support for museum object handling as a group intervention in mental health care.

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ACE promotional materials on the value of the arts for wellbeing

Arts Council England’s Culture Matters film

Andrew Marr’s ditigal essay 'To Make is to Live', on creativity and recovery from stroke.

Comres poll on impact of arts and culture on older people

Comres research demonstrates impact of arts and culture on health, wellbeing and quality of life for older people aged 65 and upwards.

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New research database from the Center for Arts in Medicine, University of Florida

The new database is a curated listing of over 1,000 articles specifically related to arts and health. AIM would be pleased to receive articles to add to the database.

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Evaluation: ENB Dance for Parkinson’s programme

This case study looks at the English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s programme, and why it has been commissioned by a Clinical Commissioning Group.

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Collected resources from NCVO Making Connections events

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations have have collated resources from their Making Connections events to give access to information and discussions shared on the day:

Research report: The role of the modern curator in hospital

A research report by Dr Hilary Moss of the National Centre for Arts & Health, Eire, and funded by the Meath Foundation.

Managing Art Projects with Societal Impact: Free online MAPSI study book

Managing Art Projects with Societal Impact is about creating and managing the power of art projects to change individuals and societies.

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. The most recent, just issued, details a project funded by the Ashley Family Foundation to extend the charity’s poetry card scheme for NHS general practice waiting rooms to Wales, including the results of an evaluation survey.

LSE festival on arts and health – video

Watch the LSE’s literary festival from 23 February 2016, focused on the arts and health – and making the economic case for arts interventions in health.

Watch here

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. The findings could help improve dementia care and better target the use of music in different 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.

Public Health England commissioned a team of academics led by Sheffield Hallam University to undertake an initial review to: