Heather L. Stuckey is with the Department of Medicine, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey. Both kinds of contributions should include original work of a research or developmental nature and/or propose new methods or ideas that are clearly and thoroughly presented and argued. In this paradigm there is equality amongst all approaches to arts in healthcare settings.
For example, receptive arts experiences and both active and receptive everyday arts experiences are included as equally important as participatory and therapeutic activities. Two other visual arts studies have focused on the experience of women with cancer.
Publishing activities at IJCAIP have contributed significantly to propagating a new and fertile knowledge base for research and information about the creative arts in interdisciplinary practice. This leads to this researcher’s conclusion that no particular approach is more effective than another, but that all offer specific benefits to service users at particular times in their journey towards improved health and well-being.
Whilst this model is helpful it was felt that a clearer explanation of each arts practice currently employed within healthcare settings needed to be named, and placed with equal value, within the arts and health model. The diversity and breadth of our research is illustrated by the hundreds of projects the University has undertaken over the years.
In addition, Aberystywth Arts Centre led a project with Penparcau Progressive Action Group who are a group of adults recovering from stroke and living with a variety disabilities. There we will have our evening event under the big tent; this portion of the conference event is open to the public and does not require tickets.