IMPACTS OF ARTS IN HEALTH
Extensive pre-COVID-19 studies between 2011-2017 show burnout rates between 44% to 54%. This affects access to care, patient safety, patients’ following of their physicians’ recommendations, and quality of care.
- Suicide among physicians exceed 400/year.
- As the current healthcare crisis continues, both anxiety and rates of burnout will increase.
- A 2018 study of oncologists (Tjasink and Soosaipillai) showed improvement in emotional exhaustion and personal achievement, two of the three markers of burnout, with a brief series of art therapy sessions.
- A 2014 study (Potash, Hy Ho, Chan, Lu Wang, and Cheng) provided preliminary evidence that art-therapy-based supervision for end-of-life care workers can reduce burnout by enhancing emotional awareness and regulation, fostering meaning-making, and promoting reflection on death.
- A 2012 study (Westrhenena and Fritz) showed that expressive arts facilitated communication and self-care and improved the wellbeing of the professional hospice workers.
- A 2012 study (Steensma) expresses the acts of reflection and storytelling can also help keep us sane amid the pressures of rapidly changing practice patterns and the daily emotional challenges of working with seriously ill and dying patients.
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Our goal is to offer these programs to every clinician in the country, and each donation helps us launch in another health care facility.
Within the arts lies a powerful but largely untapped force for healing. The arts and science are two sides of the same coin, which is our shared humanity. Our ability to live fulfilling, healthy lives depends on bringing these two forces together.
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