A growing body of research demonstrates how the arts – including literary, performing and visual arts as well as architecture and design – can greatly enhance the experience of healthcare, contributing to improved health outcomes, a better patient experience and lower healthcare costs. This unique book provides an overview of what the arts in healthcare can achieve and how to implement the arts in the most effective manner.

Exploring possibilities for innovative program design and implementation – from healing gardens through public performances to bedside activities – the text draws on examples from a wide range of arts. The book then goes on to look at how programs can be aimed at specific populations and fields, such as children, palliative care and caregivers.

This comprehensive book is an invaluable reference for all those studying or engaged in creating, designing, managing and evaluating arts in healthcare programs and initiatives.

part |2 pages

PART 1 Understanding the arts in healthcare field

chapter 1|17 pages

Introducing the arts in healthcare field

ByPatricia Dewey Lambert, Judy Rollins, Jill Sonke, Randy Cohen

chapter 2|12 pages

Mapping the arts in healthcare field

ByKatie White

chapter 3|13 pages

Professionalizing the arts in healthcare field

ByJill Sonke

part |2 pages

PART 2 Managing environmental arts in healthcare programs and initiatives

chapter 4|18 pages

Integrating arts planning into healthcare design

ByMisty Chambers

chapter 5|16 pages

Healing gardens

ByAnnette Ridenour

chapter 6|17 pages

Managing art collections in healthcare environments

ByDonna Glassford

chapter 7|13 pages

Exhibit galleries in healthcare facilities

ByElaine Sims

part |2 pages

PART 3 Managing participatory arts in healthcare programs

chapter 8|12 pages

Performances in public spaces

ByJill Sonke

chapter 9|14 pages

Bedside arts activities

ByJudy Rollins

part |2 pages

PART 4 Managing arts in healthcare programs for special populations

chapter 11|15 pages

How to start an arts program for military populations

ByNaj Wikoff

chapter 12|17 pages

The arts in pediatric healthcare settings

ByJudy Rollins

chapter 13|13 pages

Arts, health, and aging

ByGay Powell Hanna

chapter 15|16 pages

Evoking spirit: utilizing the arts with adults with cancer

ByShanti Norris

part |2 pages

PART 5 Managing arts in healthcare programs for caregivers