Investigating the impacts of visual arts on primary chronic pain

Summary

This project consists of a series of studies investigating the physiological, social and psychological impacts of visual arts on patients with chronic pain.

Supervisor(s)

Dr Fereshteh Pourkazemi, Dr Marnee McKay

Research Location

Health Sciences - Generic

Program Type

Masters/PHD

Synopsis

Over the recent years, there has been a growing evidence on the impacts of arts on health and wellbeing.  The application of arts in health aims to enhance individual and community health and wellbeing and has ‘clear artistic vision, goals and outcomes' (WHAT / CAHP).  The arts may directly improve the health and wellbeing of people with different health issues, or indirectly, can equip patients with resilience to see through the adversity.  For instance, the evidence has demonstrated the associated between listening to music and reduced physiological markers of stress (Chanda et al, 2013; Koelsch 2014) improved perceived control over pain in patients with fibromyalgia (Linnemann 2015), and significant decrease in agitation and behavioural problems of patients with dementia (Tsoi KKF et al 2018).  While there is a significant body of evidence supporting the impacts of music on health and wellbeing, the impacts of visual arts on patient's health and wellbeing seems to be overlooked.  The aim of these series of projects are in investigate the physiological, social and psychological impacts of visual arts on patients with chronic pain.

Additional Information

Potential topics of interest for the research opportunity:

  • Investigating the physiological, social and psychological impacts of visual arts on adults with primary chronic pain 
  • Investigating the physiological, social and psychological impacts of visual arts on adolescents with primary chronic pain 
  • Investigating the physiological, social and psychological impacts of visual arts on children with chronic primary pain 

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Keywords

Pain, chronic pain, Primary Chronic pain, Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Arts, visual arts, Arts and Health, Creation, Pain Education, Musculoskeletal, Disability, Movement disorders, Human body, Movement, Professional practice

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2376

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