Many young patients and their families report that these sessions provide more than a much needed distraction during treatments and hospitalization. Creating their own pieces of art and participation in collaborative creative projects helps them to cope with their challenging situations, connect with other patients and ease the negative association with the hospital and clinic experience.

The Successes and Benefits of Arts in Medicine Programs

Research shows that patients participating in Arts in Medicine programs require shorter hospital stays, less medication, and have fewer complications, all of which reduces health care costs. Studies also have proven that integrating arts into the clinical setting improves the quality of care for patients, translating to an atmosphere that promotes greater healing and workplace satisfaction.

All Arts in Medicine programs, including Project Imagine, aspire to produce these and other benefits for patients and caregivers, including:

  • Faster recoveries
  • Reduce suffering
  • Elevate the patient’s sense of purpose
  • Build a sense of community within the hospital
  • Pain reduction
  • Treatment compliance
  • Adjustment to medical diagnosis
  • Improved mood
  • Distraction from medical problems
  • Coping with long-term illness
  • Stress management
  • Positive coping skills
  • Decreasing anxiety
  • Alleviating feelings like anger or sadness
  • Processing trauma
  • Building self-esteem
  • Facilitating self-expression
  • Changing lifestyle patterns