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Art heals: How creative expression improves the patient experience

from FierceHealthcare

Can art promote faster healing? More and more hospitals think so. For the past 20 years, art — including paintings, sculptures and music — has taken on an important role in healthcare. Watercolors and abstract photographs often line the once-barren walls of hospital corridors. And harpists and pianists often play soothing music in hospital lobbies. The use of art to help heal patients dates back to Florence Nightingale, according to the Center for Health Design's "Guide to Evidence-Based Art." Nightingale's 1860 Notes for Nursing describes the importance of beauty to the body, as well as the mind, the study states. more


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