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Id 163
Author Daykin, N.; Byrne, E.; Soteriou, T.; O’Connor, S.
Title The impact of art, design and enviroment in mental healthcare: a systematic review of the literature

Daykin, N., Byrne, E., Soteriou, T., & O’Connor, S. (2008). The impact of art, design and environment in mental healthcare: A systematic review of the literature. Journal of The Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, 128(2), 85–94.

Keywords arts; design; environment; mental health; systematic review.
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Abstract There has been a burgeoning interest in arts and the environment in healthcare. While research has been undertaken on the clinical impact of disciplines, relatively little research has studied the impact of broader arts for health interventions. This paper reports findings from a systematic review of the arts for health literature, encompassing research on the impact of visual art, design and the environment on the well-being of patients and staff in mental healthcare settings.

Metodology A systematic review of over 600 papers published between 1985 and 2005 on the impact of arts, design and environments in mental healthcare was undertaken. The review includes a discussion of contextual and policy literature, as well as 19 reports of quantitative and qualitative studies that met our inclusion criteria.

Findings This review has identified a growing body of research literature that examines the impact of design and environment, and to a lesser extent, arts on health. A number of methodological issues emerge from the review. In relation to outcomes studies, there is a need for further research that addresses issues of sample sizes, randomization, homogeneity between and use of power calculations ascertain the sample size needed to demonstrate a significant result experimental and control groups, blinding. While there is extensive literature on the impact of design, environment and the arts on health, there is still a need for further research that addresses methodological challenges of evaluating complex interventions. Our review found evidence that environmental enhancements can have a positive impact on health and well-being of staff and patients in mental healthcare. Arts, when considered within this framework of evidence-based design, can also contribute to well-being, offering reassurance and creating identity in healthcare settings. Further research is needed in this area, as well as research that explores the contribution of other models of art that do not fit within the framework of ‘evidence-based design’. Finally, responses to the arts are contingent on a number of complex social and political factors; further understanding of these is needed in order to inform future research and evaluation of the arts in healthcare.
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DOI 10.1177/1466424007087806
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