‘Light in dark places’: exploring qualitative data from a longitudinal study using creative arts as a form of social prescribing

Redmond, Mark, Sumner, Rachel C ORCID: 0000-0002-2421-7146, Crone, Diane and Hughes, Samantha (2018) ‘Light in dark places’: exploring qualitative data from a longitudinal study using creative arts as a form of social prescribing. Arts and Health. ISSN 1753-3015 (In Press)

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Abstract

Background: This paper draws on a longitudinal study exploring the outcomes of an arts referral programme in General Practice in the South West of England since 2009. It focuses on the qualitative responses of the patient cohort Methods: Using qualitative methods and thematic analysis, this paper explores and considers the responses from n = 1297 participants who provided feedback from an open-ended questionnaire on self-reported benefits of the arts referral programme. Results: Participant reactions demonstrate that the programme provided a range of personal and social benefits rarely considered or explored in comparative studies. The analysis suggests participants were able to self-manage aspects of their health-related conditions, and were able to make progress towards a better physical and/or mental health. Conclusions: The evidence suggests that arts-based referral programmes, have a range of benefits for participants that may not have been fully appreciated. The consequences on self-management requires further investigation.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social prescribing; Arts and health; Qualitative; Longitudinal research; Primary care
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA790 Mental health. Mental illness prevention.
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Health and Social Care
Schools and Research Institutes > School of Natural & Social Sciences > Psychological Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Rachel Sumner
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2018 15:27
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2018 12:26
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/5788

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