Roughly half of America’s hospitals have some form of arts program, thanks to mounting evidence of a positive impact on patients, their families, and even medical staff.
Research shows that patients participating in programs such as Arts in Medicine (AIM) 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.
AIM aspires to produce these and other benefits for patients and caregivers, including:
- Reduced stress
- Reduction in perceived pain levels
- Improved moods
- Distraction from medical problems
- Faster recoveries
- Reduced suffering