Healthcare Art (09-13-18)

Nielsen and colleagues studied patient responses to art in hospitals.  They conducted “Fieldwork . . . over a two-week period. During the first week, dayrooms were configured without the presence of art and in the second week were configured with the artworks. Semi-structured interviews, observation, participant observation and informal conversation were carried out and were informed by thermal cameras, which monitored the usage, patient occupation and flow in two of the dayrooms. The study shows that art contributes to creating an environment and atmosphere where patients can feel safe, socialize, maintain a connection to the world outside the hospital and support their identity. . . . the presence of visual art in hospitals contributes to health outcomes by improving patient satisfaction as an extended form of health care.”

Stine Nielsen, Lars Eich, Kirsten Roessler, and Michael Mullins. 2017.  “How Do Patients Actually Experience and Use Art in Hospitals?  The Significance of Interaction:  A User-Oriented Experimental Case Study.”  International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Health and Well-Being, vol. 12, no. 1, no pagination,  doi: 10.1080/17482631.2016.1267343