“Artlift” Arts-on-Referral Intervention in UK Primary Care: Updated findings from an ongoing observational study
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Background: Arts for health interventions are an accepted option for medical management of mental wellbeing in health care. Updated findings are presented from a prospective longitudinal follow-up (observational) design study of an arts on referral programme in UK general practice, over a 7-year period (2009–2016). Methods: Primary care process and mental wellbeing outcomes were investigated, including progress through the intervention, changes in mental wellbeing, and factors associated with those outcomes. A total of n =1297 patients were referred to an eight or 10-week intervention over a period from 2009 to 2016. Patient sociodemographic information was recorded at baseline, and patient progress (e.g. attendance) assessed throughout the intervention. Results: Of all referrals, 51.7% completed their course of prescribed art (the intervention). Of those that attended, 74.7% engaged with the intervention as rated by the artists leading the courses. A significant increase in wellbeing was observed from pre- to post-intervention (t = −19.29, df =523, P < 0.001, two-tailed) for those that completed and/or engaged. A sub sample (N =103) of these referrals self-reported multi-morbidities. These multiple health care service users were majority completers (79.6%), and were rated as having engaged (81.0%). This group also had a significant increase in well-being, although this was smaller than for the group as a whole (t = −7.38, df =68, P < 0.001). Conclusion: Findings confirm that art interventions can be effective in the promotion of well-being for those that complete, including those referred with multi-morbidity, with significant changes in wellbeing evident across the intervention periods.
European Journal of Public Health;
Crone, D.M., Sumner, R.C., Baker, C.M., Loughren, E.A., Hughes, S. and James, D.V. (2018) '‘Artlift’ arts-on-referral intervention in UK primary care: updated findings from an ongoing observational study', European Journal of Public Health, 28(3), pp.404-409. DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/cky021.
Article published in European Journal of Public Health on 16 February 2018 (online), available at: https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky021.
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