Art Lift, Gloucestershire (Project Extension) Evaluation Report

Baker, Colin and Crone, Diane and Clark-Stone, Frances and Kilgour, Lindsey (2013) Art Lift, Gloucestershire (Project Extension) Evaluation Report. Project Report. University of Gloucestershire, Gloucester.

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Abstract

Introduction: Art Lift is a primary care based art intervention where health professionals refer NHS patients for a 10 week art programme, usually delivered in a primary care setting. Patients (known as participants once they join the project) are referred for a range of reasons (to reduce stress, anxiety or depression; to improve self-esteem or confidence; to increase social networks; alleviate symptom of chronic pain or illness; distract from behaviour related health issues; improve overall wellbeing). The Art Lift Gloucestershire Evaluation (Crone et al., 2011) concluded that 26.2% (n=53) of referrals to the programme were re-referrals, i.e. health professionals appeared to be re-referring patients more than once for a programme of the art intervention(Crone et al., 2012b). Furthermore, the qualitative aspect of the evaluation concluded that Art Lift appears to have an important role in helping participants manage longer term conditions, and that the re-referral mechanism supported this for participants (Crone et al., 2012a). Consequently, the aim of the present qualitative evaluation was to understand more about what role the programme can have for participants who have longer term medical needs. Research objective: To explore the opinions and perceptions of the role and purpose of the Art Lift programme with specific focus on the perceived role and outcomes for participants who are referred and take part in the programme more than once (during the evaluation period Feb 2009-Oct 2011). Results: Individual one-to-one interviews were conducted with participants (n = 5) re-referred to Art Lift to discuss in depth their opinions and perceptions of the role and purpose of the Art Lift programme. Data were analysed inductively through which three main interrelated themes (sense of control, making strides and reconnecting)and one overarching theme (breaking the cycle) emerged The report details a number of recommendations.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Computing and Applied Sciences > School of Sport & Exercise
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Colin Baker
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2015 12:35
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2015 12:35
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2385

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