Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Health benefits of the arts

This Canadian literature review highlights creative arts therapies in modern medical treatment, the arts and culture's impacts on the Public Health Agency of Canada's "Key Determinants of Health", as well as the relationship of the arts to youth at risk, the elderly, and health care professionals.

This British report provides a summary of 385 references from the medical literature regarding the effects of the arts and humanities in achieving clinical outcomes for the benefit of patients; raising staff morale and job satisfaction; widening the skills of nurses and doctors; providing better quality of healthcare; enhancing the quality of life of mental health users; and helping mental health providers manage the service.

This report highlights 19 case studies of dance organizations, events and activities in the U.K. that aim to provide physical, mental, personal, social and educational benefits.
This report, based on a presentation by Susan Pointe, art advisor for the Friends of University Hospitals, summarizes the arts program at University of Alberta Hospitals (Edmonton). Through the artists-on-the-wards program, artists help adult acute-care patients and their caregivers talk about and create art, including music, visual arts, crafts and writing.

This Australian report highlights case studies regarding the connections between community cultural development and seven areas: health; sustainable development; public housing and places; rural revitalization; community strengthening; active citizenship; social inclusion and cultural diversity.

This report contains a summary of the discussions during the March 2005 Canadian Forum on Arts and Health. The goals of the Forum were to: share experiences and research; provide a networking opportunity for those working in the area; identify questions, issues and opportunities; and assess potential policy implications.
The Scottish "Impact" database provides bibliographical information about research into the social and economic impacts of arts, culture and events.
Similar to the Canadian Making the Case for Culture site, this California site provides information and resources related to: 1) the arts as an economic engine; 2) the arts as a catalyst for better education; 3) the arts as a foundation for health and human services; 4) the arts in civic and community participation; and 5) how "creativity sparks imagination".
The National Arts & Youth Demonstration Project summarizes the results of research into the impact of selected community-based arts programs on children in low-income communities in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and a rural town in Ontario.

This report, through a literature review of the benefits of the arts, attempts "to engage the arts community and the public in a new dialogue about the value of the arts, to stimulate further research, and to help public and private policymakers reach informed decisions".