‘Artlift’ arts-on-referral intervention in UK primary care: updated findings from an ongoing observational study

Crone, Diane, Sumner, Rachel C ORCID: 0000-0002-2421-7146, Baker, Colin M, Loughren, Elizabeth A, Hughes, Samantha and James, David V ORCID: 0000-0002-0805-7453 (2018) ‘Artlift’ arts-on-referral intervention in UK primary care: updated findings from an ongoing observational study. European Journal of Public Health, 28 (3). pp. 404-409. ISSN 1101-1262

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Background Arts for health interventions are an accepted option for medical management of mental wellbeing in health care. Updated findings are presented from a prospective longitudinal follow-up (observational) design study of an arts on referral programme in UK general practice, over a 7-year period (2009–2016). Methods Primary care process and mental wellbeing outcomes were investigated, including progress through the intervention, changes in mental wellbeing, and factors associated with those outcomes. A total of n = 1297 patients were referred to an eight or 10-week intervention over a period from 2009 to 2016. Patient sociodemographic information was recorded at baseline, and patient progress (e.g. attendance) assessed throughout the intervention. Results Of all referrals, 51.7% completed their course of prescribed art (the intervention). Of those that attended, 74.7% engaged with the intervention as rated by the artists leading the courses. A significant increase in wellbeing was observed from pre- to post-intervention (t = −19.29, df = 523, P < 0.001, two-tailed) for those that completed and/or engaged. A sub sample (N = 103) of these referrals self-reported multi-morbidities. These multiple health care service users were majority completers (79.6%), and were rated as having engaged (81.0%). This group also had a significant increase in well-being, although this was smaller than for the group as a whole (t = −7.38, df = 68, P < 0.001). Conclusion Findings confirm that art interventions can be effective in the promotion of well-being for those that complete, including those referred with multi-morbidity, with significant changes in wellbeing evident across the intervention periods.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Patient referral; Follow-up; Personal satisfaction; Primary health care; Arts; Morbidity; Self-report
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Subjects: N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
N Fine Arts > ND Painting
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2018 16:51
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2018 01:09
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/5414

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