The connection between art, healing, and public health: a review of current literature

Citation:

Heather L Stuckey and Jeremy Nobel. 2010. “The connection between art, healing, and public health: a review of current literature.” Am J Public Health, 100, 2, Pp. 254-63. Copy at http://www.tinyurl.com/yypvflrh

Abstract:

This review explores the relationship between engagement with the creative arts and health outcomes, specifically the health effects of music engagement, visual arts therapy, movement-based creative expression, and expressive writing. Although there is evidence that art-based interventions are effective in reducing adverse physiological and psychological outcomes, the extent to which these interventions enhance health status is largely unknown. Our hope is to establish a foundation for continued investigation into this subject and to generate further interest in researching the complexities of engagement with the arts and health.