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Conceptualizing the arts as tools for medicine and public health

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The arts are often neglected in the context of modern medicine. However, they offer opportunities for greater patient understanding, improved patient comfort and treatment results, and enhanced clinical skills, personal enrichment, and resilience in medical practitioners. The application of the arts to medicine can be categorized into five main categories: medical education, prescriptive options, improved patient experience, public health and care for medical personnel.

Keywords: arts and health; arts and healthcare; arts and medicine; arts and public health; healthcare environment; medical education; patient experience

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Minnesota

Publication date: January 1, 2014

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  • The Journal of Applied Arts and Health serves a wide community of artists, researchers, practitioners and policy-makers evidencing the effectiveness of the interdisciplinary use of arts in health and arts for health. It provides a forum for the publication and debate within an interdisciplinary field of arts in healthcare and health promotion. The journal defines 'health' broadly which includes physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, occupational, social and community health.
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