First evidence that prescribing arts schemes can benefit patients
‘Prescribing Arts’ schemes support the management of mental well-being in primary care, but there is little evidence on the effect. This study reports on one scheme in south west England over seven years (2009-2016).
GPs and other health professionals could refer patients to an artist delivered programme in a GP surgery over eight or ten weeks. A range of arts – mosaics, painting, poetry – were offered. Among the 1297 patients referred, the most frequent reason was to reduce stress/anxiety/depression.
The majority were women, over 50 and from a range of socio-economic backgrounds. Of people referred, 35% (440) did not take up the referral and 51.7% (651) completed the course. Of those that attended 75% were rated as engaged by the artist.
The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS) was completed pre- and post-course. A significant increase in well-being was found in those...
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