The World Health Organization has published an evidence review broadly supportive of the notion that engaging with the arts is beneficial for mental and physical wellbeing. In addition to being able to help prevent ill health (physical and mental) the arts – broadly defined – may have uses in both dementia end-of-life care.
World Health Organization (2019). Can you dance your way to better health and well-being? For the first time, WHO studies the link between arts and health. [Press release]. Copenhagen: World Health Organization (WHO), November 11th 2019.
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Fancourt, D. [and] Finn, S. (2019). What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being? A scoping review. Copenhagen: World Health Organization (WHO) / WHO Regional Office for Europe, November 2019. Health Evidence Network synthesis report 67. ISBN 978 92 890 5455 3.