Government report on arts for health and well-being

Public Health England has recently published an evaluation framework for arts for health and well-being. The report looks at how art forms, such as film, music, photography, poetry, drama, dance, visual art and creative writing, have the potential to support health and well-being.

Woman is recording in the book of her creativity.

The report stresses that ‘in order for arts to be included in commissioning of health and social care services, there needs to be robust evidence of their effectiveness, impacts and costs.’ Guidance on effective ways of documenting this is included in the report, using a ‘standard framework for reporting project activities that will strengthen understanding of what works in specific contexts and enable realistic assessment and appropriate comparisons to be made between programmes.’

Read the full report here

Read an article featured in International Therapist Issue 110 (Autumn 2014) on how writing can be used as a therapeutic tool.

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