Journal of Hospital Management and Health Policy (Journal)

Nielsen, S. M. L. (Peer reviewer)

Activity: Editorial work and peer reviewPeer review of manuscriptsResearch


Examining the Therapeutic Potential of Visual Art in Clinical Settings: A Review

One of art’s key properties is its ability to transfix viewers to let them get lost in the piece. Because of art’s aesthetically pleasing values and its ability to serve as a positive distraction, art has great potential in clinical settings. Hospitals are often viewed as bleak, uninviting institutions that are innately stressful. Art can brighten the hospital atmosphere and positively increase the experience of patients. This review assesses the literature surrounding the therapeutic potential of various types of visual art in clinical settings. More precisely, this review examines literature on the effects of varying genres of art on patients and literature about the experience of patients within Cleveland Clinic. Further research on art in hospitals is necessary to improve the visits of millions of patients to hospitals.
Period13 May 2019
Type of journalJournal
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Visual Art
  • Clinical Setting
  • Hospital