Evidence-based art in the hospital

Axel Fudickar, Dag Konetzka, Stine Maria Louring Nielsen, Kathy Hathorn

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Background: Evidence-based art is the investigation of art effects and art investigated for effects. In this study the evidence regarding patient preferences for art styles and effects of art in nonpsychiatric hospitals and outpatient departments was reviewed. Methods: Results from original articles were retrieved by a scoping PubMed search and by browsing the internet using the terms “evidence based art”, “evidence based design”, “art and hospital” and “design and hospital”, “art effect”, “design effect”, “landscape preference” and “abstract art figurative art”. The quality of art was not operationalized as a criterion. Results: the articles 7 original sources showed patient
preference for natural scenes and figurative art, 2 studies showed no preference, 16 studies showed positive art effects on well-being and behavior and 5 studies showed a positive effect of nature pictures on measurable findings.
Conclusion Controversial results together with theoretical
aspects suggest natural scenes in patient rooms
and diverse art in public areas.
Original languageEnglish
JournalWiener Klinische Wochenschrift
Issue number9-10
Pages (from-to)234-241
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022

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  • Art effects
  • Figurative art
  • Biophilia
  • Isolation
  • Abstract art
  • Hospital


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