When patients receive a cancer diagnosis, it is devastating news for them and their families. Patients and their loved ones enter an especially vulnerable period when they undergo treatment. As that critical phase unfolds in the hospital environment, research has shown that the surroundings can have significant impact – detrimental or beneficial – on the patient experience.
Spaces that are furnished and decorated in a comfortable and soothing fashion are conducive to helping patients and families cope with the often immense pressures associated with disease treatment. ArtWorks for Cancer has studied how exposure in particular to visual arts can bolster spirits, reduce stress and calm anxieties for family members and even contribute positively to patient health outcomes. Studies attest to these positive effects, including these cited by the paintings in hospitals organization in the UK.
Read more about this foundation at: http://artworksforcancer.com/