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Transforming the healthcare experience through the arts / Blair L. Sadler, Annette Ridenour.

  • Sadler, Blair L.
[2009], ©2009
  • Books

About this work


"With compelling human stories, research-based evidence, and pragmatic advice, "Transforming the Healthcare Experience through the Arts" takes readers inside the process of creating healthcare organizations that honor the best in the human spirit and uplift the healthcare experience for patients, family members, visitors, and staff. Over 225 pages, with more than 275 color images 36 case examples of exemplary healthcare arts projects and programs created by dancers, musicians, painters, visual artists, writers, photographers, graphic designers, and others. The case examples are divided into seven sections, addressing hospitalized patients, children, seniors, cancer patients, adolescents, public education, and healing from tragedy. Four concise chapters on the roles of artists and the arts in healthcare, a CEO's perspective on arts programming, a practical guide for arts program implementation, and more. Research findings showing how the arts decrease pain, reduce stress, improve mood, and accomplish many other vital purposes. Appendices with contact information for artists, healthcare organizations, and arts-in-healthcare organizations. Extensive listings of contact information for artists, healthcare organizations, and arts-in-healthcare organizations" --Publisher's website.


San Diego, Calif. : Aesthetics, [2009], ©2009.

Physical description

xvi, 226 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm


With commentaries by Donald M. Berwick, Anita Boles, Leland R. Kaiser and Roger S. Ulrich.


The vital role of the arts in healthcare -- Healthcare leadership and healing arts programs -- The healing intersection between the arts and healthcare -- Exemplary arts projects -- Projects serving hospitalized patients -- Dreams Art and Health Research Project -- Music Therapy in Palliative Medicine -- Musicure and muvicure -- Making reflective writing an integral part of healthcare -- Bedside harp -- The wing garden -- The kites mural -- Virtual music maker -- Projects serving children -- Oodles of doodles -- Art while you wait -- Pediatric procedural support program -- The difference music makes -- Seewall -- A medical history for doctors -- Projects serving cancer patients -- The emotional cancer journey -- Arts at the bedside -- Music Rx -- The firefly project art for recovery -- Strange gifts: honoring the journey -- Projects serving adolescents -- Arts access -- Prenatal therapeutic dance project -- Art as a source of healing -- Projects serving seniors -- Dragonflies of hope -- Making memories together -- Songwriting works at the Jewish home -- Danceworks intergenerational multi-arts project: soul shoes -- Memory box and days forgotten -- Boom: housecalls about medicine and graying America -- Projects serving the public -- Health through art -- 203 days -- Mural drawing at a medical school -- Expanding the vision through photography -- Healing from tragedy -- Beyond Katrina: arts in the shelters -- The domestic violence awareness mosaic project -- Prayer flags for Sophia -- Emily's big picture project -- Making it happen -- A roadmap to create effective and sustainable arts programs -- Conclusion and recommendations -- Artist contact information -- Resources -- Directory and index -- About the authors.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • English

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    Medical Collection
    WM450 2009S12t
    Open shelves

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  • 9780984232604
  • 0984232605