Swedish Primary Healthcare practitioners’ perspectives on the impact of Arts on Prescription (AoP) for patients and the wider society: A qualitative interview study.

Aktivitet: Foredrag og mundtlige bidragKonferenceoplæg


Background: Arts and cultural activities are increasingly being used to support mental health wellbeing in primary care. Such activities are frequently offered through social referral programmes which are referred to as Arts on Prescription (AoP) or Arts on Referral. Arts on Prescription is a form of social prescribing, a means of enabling GPs, nurses, and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local and non-clinical services. The aim of the study was to explore differences between AoP programmes in Sweden and England/Wales, and contrast health professionals’ perceptions of the value and impact of referring patients with mental health issues to AoP projects across the two settings. Gaining a better understanding of healthcare professionals’ background understanding and perspectives of referring patients to AoP projects, will add to the knowledge of existing challenges in such programmes. As a cross-national study this project provides an extra dimension as it will enable the opportunity for shared learning across the field which in turn, may help the design of more sustainable projects in the future. Considering the needs of healthcare professionals is important as they are an integral part of the social prescribing process and understanding their needs of concerns will facilitate more effective referral to social prescribing processes in the future.

Periode23 jun. 2021
BegivenhedstitelCulture, Health & Wellbeing, International Conference
PlaceringBristol , Storbritannien


  • Kultur og Sundhed