'Art Lift' intervention to improve mental well-being: An observational study from UK general practice

Crone, Diane and O'Connell, Elaine E and Tyson, Phillip J and Clark-Stone, Frances and Opher, Simon and James, David V (2013) 'Art Lift' intervention to improve mental well-being: An observational study from UK general practice. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 22 (3). pp. 279-286. ISSN 1445-8330

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Abstract

Arts for health interventions are emerging as an alternative option to medical management of mental health problems and well-being. This study investigated process and outcomes of an art intervention on patients referred by primary care professionals, including associations between patient characteristics (e.g. sex), progress through the intervention (e.g. attendance), and changes in mental well-being. Referral criteria included people with anxiety, depression, or stress; low self-esteem, confidence, or overall well-being; and chronic illness or pain. The study took place in UK-based general practitioner practices, with a total of 202 patients referred to a 10-week intervention. Patient sociodemographic information was recorded at baseline, and patient progress assessed throughout the intervention. Significant improvement in well-being was revealed for the 7-item (t = -6.049, d.f. = 83, P < 0.001, two-tailed) and 14-item (t = -6.961, d.f. = 83, P < 0.001, two-tailed) scales. Of referred patients, 77.7% attended and 49.5% completed. Most patients were female, and from a range of socioeconomic groups, and those who completed were significantly older (t = -2.258, d.f. = 145, P = 0.025, two-tailed). Findings reveal that this art intervention was effective in the promotion of well-being and in targeting women, older people, and people from lower socioeconomic groups.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: First published online 16 Aug 2012
Uncontrolled Keywords: REF2014 Submission.
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA790 Mental health. Mental illness prevention.
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry > RC346 Neurology. Diseases of the nervous system > RC435 Psychiatry > RC475 Therapeutics. Psychotherapy
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: David James
Date Deposited: 23 May 2014 15:30
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2016 10:12
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/399

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