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Can an art intervention influence quality of life in a hospitalized patient?

Study: Haematologica Journal

Can an art intervention influence quality of life in a hospitalized patient?

Source: Study-Haematologica Journal

Shaun R. McCann, Professor Emeritus of Hematology and Academic Medicine at St James’s Hospital and Trinity College, Dublin, has written an informative article on the significance of art in the healing process.  He examined the “Open Window” project created for stem cell transplant patients and reveals that the “study has provided proof of principle that such an [art] intervention has a definite place in an adult setting.”

We do not suggest that an art intervention will necessarily influence the outcome of stem cell transplantation, but we do suggest that it makes the patient’s time in hospital less difficult. Such interventions can be applied to many areas of medicine that have less rigorous restrictions than those of stem cell transplantation, and may significantly influence the QoL of patients. ~Shaun R. McCann

Read the full study on the NCBI website here.

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