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An oasis in Jerusalem: Cultural richness and the positive side effects of exposure to expressive art therapy in The French Hospital

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In this article, an expressive arts therapist at the Jerusalem French Hospital St. Louis explores how exposure to the arts has positive side effects on families, staff, and other patients and how an oasis of shared, rich, cross-cultural life exists in a place of illness and death. Beneficial healthcare outcomes are achieved in the hospital when cultural richness interacts with the use of the arts.
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Keywords: French Hospital; Jerusalem; arts and healthcare; cultural richness; expressive arts therapy; side effects

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Independent expressive art therapist and artist

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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