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September 2017

Increasing Public Health Awareness of and Capacity for Arts-Based Therapy in Medicine

Author Affiliations
  • 1School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
JAMA Neurol. 2017;74(9):1029-1030. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2017.1639

Quality of life for patients can sometimes be overlooked during medical therapy stemming from pressures to treat them efficiently and cost-effectively and from overly focusing on cure rather than care. This understanding of health care also focuses patient outcomes on desired quantitative results that often disregard the qualitative patient experience. For patients with chronic or incurable illnesses, this approach can be especially damaging because the time between the onset of the condition and treatment may be years or never at all.

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