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The creative engagement and cardiac health connection disclosed
Date:4/1/2010

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As described a bit more poetically by Edward Hirsch, poet and President of the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, "The activity of making something artistically is transformative but not entirely rational. Individuals take their obsession, grief, pain, and hope and try to turn it into something. This 'making' may not result in a cure, but it is ultimately healing."

Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, SM, a leading cardiologist and Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine agreed by saying, "If we can demonstrate that emotion affects outcomes and art affects emotion, then a logical path to better outcomes would involve more attention to engaging people in artistic pursuits."

The growing body of research referenced by Dr. Nobel and reviewed at the Roundtable was recently highlighted in an article published in the February 2010 edition of the American Journal of Public Health. Titled "The Connection Between Art, Healing & Public Health: A Review of Current Literature," the article demonstrated that although there is evidence that art-based interventions are effective in reducing adverse physiological and psychological outcomes, the extent to which these interventions enhance health status is largely unknown.

In addition to reviewing the existing and potential research in this area, the AHR panel also discussed creating programmatic models for engagement of multiple populations that could provide immediate public benefit and serve as evaluation sites. Significant discussion focused on workplace-based programming opportunities, recognizing the current interest of employers in the health of their employees, and the potentially sizable populations available in which one could pilot programs and conduct evaluations of the impact.

For example, Roundtable participant Steven M. Safyer, MD, CEO of Montefiore Medical Center, said he could foresee an immediate benefit for his institution. "There are 17,000 employees working a
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