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Call for evidence: participatory arts for promoting wellbeing and quality of life in healthy older people

Emily Bradfield is carrying out a review of evidence of participatory arts in older age. If you run participatory arts activities for older people, she is interested in your evaluation report(s).

Emily Bradfield is a PhD student at the University of Derby researching Art for Health in Older Age. She describes this opportunity as follows:

 

I am carrying out a systematic review of evidence on participatory arts for promoting wellbeing and quality of life in healthy older people. I am looking for all evidence on participatory arts activity with older people. The review excludes music/singing, but all other creative arts work will be included, eg visual arts, dance, drama, photography…

 

My review will address the following questions:

  • What is the effect of engaging in participatory arts on the wellbeing and quality of life of healthy older people?
  • Are there distinct wellbeing and quality of life outcomes from engagement in different art forms (eg visual arts, performing arts) for healthy older people?
  • What are the differences in the effects of active and passive participation (eg art making vs art viewing) on the wellbeing and quality of life of healthy older people?
  • Is there a relationship between participatory arts engagement and the development of social capital in healthy older people?

 

I am seeking evidence that meets the following criteria:

  • Research studies / Evaluation reports
  • Participatory arts (not arts therapies)
  • Creative arts activity (excluding music/singing – though if evaluation contains other arts as well, this might be included)
  • Arts activity with ‘healthy’ older people (aged 50+)
  • Qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods evidence
  • Evaluation must include measurement of wellbeing and/or quality of life
  • Evidence that includes comparison groups who did not participate in the arts activity is particularly welcome
  • Evaluation of passive / active participation particularly welcome (eg art viewing vs art making)
  • Written in English

 

Link to systematic review title registration

 

Please send evidence to e.bradfield@derby.ac.uk by 31st October 2017. If you have hard copies please email Emily, so that she can arrange delivery.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about Emily's research, please do not hesitate to email her at the above address.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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