Evidence Summary for Policy: The role of arts in improving health and wellbeing: Report to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Daisy Fancourt, Katey Warran, Henry Aughterson

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Abstract

This evidence summary draws together literature on the role of arts in improving health and wellbeing. DCMS commissioned this report by Dr Daisy Fancourt, University College London, in response to the 2019 World Health Organisation report entitled “What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and wellbeing?”

It focuses on how arts engagement can impact on 1) social outcomes, 2) youth development and 3) the prevention of mental and physical illness. It also considers how Social Prescribing programmes that have used arts interventions can impact on the above three outcomes. The evidence summary assesses the type and quality of evidence available for each outcome.

This report was commissioned prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and completed in March 2020.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity College London
Commissioning bodyDepartment for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
Number of pages27
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2020

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