Art can heal in more ways than one. A new study by Mayo Clinic-Rochester shows that bedside art therapy improves mood and reduces pain and anxiety in patients with haematological cancer.
The link between art and health has also been explored in the past. A previous study by James Cook University in Australia showed a link between art and mental health. It suggests that mental disorders such as neurosis, schizophrenia and attention deficit disorder can be predicted based on the type of art you like, be it pop art or abstract art. And Japanese paper cutting even inspired a new, effective bandage design.
The current study enrolled 21
A total of 19 female and 2 male patients participated. Significant improvements in positive mood and pain scores and a decrease in negative mood and anxiety. Patients considered BVAI to be overall positive (95%) and wanted to participate in future art-based interventions (85%).
The results suggest that art therapy can be used alongside conventional treatments for patients with cancer-related mood symptoms and pain. The study was published in the journal European Journal of Cancer Care.
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