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Monday, April 6, 2009

There is a hospital in the US, Shands Healthcare in Florida, that has, over the last eighteen years, embraced Art and Creativity and used them to help the patients and staff.

There is a little girl, waiting for a heart transplant who has her room filled with art works she has created herself. Other patients are involved with theatre, dancing and a whole range of other artistic pursuits. Patients are benefitting, and so are the staff. Obviously healthier patients makes a nurse's or doctor's job easier, but some of the medical staff are getting involved in creative writing too.

Dancing can help to get overly high heart rates down, and can help patients with dementia and other mental illnesses, by aiding them to keep greater intellectual, emotional, and motor functions.

Art works in the form of paintings have been a part of modern hospitals, and can help give a soothing feeling to patients, visitors and medical staff. In hospital patients often feel out of control and getting involved in various artistic endeavours can give them back a feeling of being in control.

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