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A fuller picture: evaluating an art therapy programme in a multi-disciplinary mental health service

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Show simple item record Brady, Catherina Moss, Hilary Kelly, Brendan D. 2017-01-17T09:29:39Z 2017-01-17T09:29:39Z 2016
dc.identifier.citation Catherina Brady, Hilary Moss, Brendan D Kelly (2016) 'A Fuller Picture: Evaluating an Art Therapy Programme in a Multi-Disciplinary Mental Health Service'. J Med Ethics; Medical Humanitiesj Med Ethics; Medical Humanities, . en_US
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract                            Art therapy has a long history in mental health care but requires an enhanced evidence base in order to better identify its precise role in contemporary services. This paper describes an evaluation of an art therapy programme in an acute adult psychiatry admission unit in Ireland. A mixed method research design was used. Quantitative data were collected through a survey of 35 staff members and 11 service-users. Qualitative data included free-text comments collected in the survey and individual feedback from service-users. Both methods aimed to assess the role of art therapy as part of a multi-disciplinary mental health service. Thematic content analysis was employed to analyse qualitative data. Staff demonstrated overwhelming support for art therapy as one element within multi-disciplinary services available to patients in the acute psychiatry setting, Qualitative feedback associated art therapy with improvements in quality of life and individual support, and emphasised its role as a non-verbal intervention, especially useful for those who find talking therapy difficult. Creative self-expression is valued by staff and service-users as part of the recovery process. Recommendations arising from the research include continuing the art therapy service, expanding it to include rehabilitation patients, provision of information and education sessions to staff, and further research to identify other potential long-term effects. The low response of staff and small sample in this study, however, must be noted as limitations to these findings. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher BMJ Publishing Group en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Medical Humanities;1-5
dc.subject art en_US
dc.subject art therapy en_US
dc.subject psychiatry en_US
dc.subject mental health care en_US
dc.title A fuller picture: evaluating an art therapy programme in a multi-disciplinary mental health service en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US 2017-01-12T21:28:34Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1136/medhum-2016-011040
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2692352
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.description.status peer-reviewed

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