Bedside art therapy decreases pain and anxiety in patients with cancer

A brief bedside visual art intervention (BVAI) facilitated by art educators improved mood and reduced pain and anxiety in a study of inpatients with haematological cancers.

In the European Journal of Cancer Care study, 21 female and 10 male patients admitted to the inpatient bone marrow transplant and haematologic services at Mayo Clinic-Rochester were invited to participate in a BVAI where the goal of the session was to teach art technique for approximately 30 minutes. A total of 19 female and 2 participated.

Significant improvements in and pain scores, as well as decreases in and anxiety, were observed. Patients perceived BVAI as overall positive (95%) and wished to participate in future art-based interventions (85%).

The findings indicate that experiences provided by artists within the community may be an adjunct to conventional treatments in patients with cancer-related mood symptoms and pain.


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More information: J.J. Saw et al, A brief bedside visual art intervention decreases anxiety and improves pain and mood in patients with haematologic malignancies, European Journal of Cancer Care (2018). DOI: 10.1111/ecc.12852
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