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Mixed methods evaluation of well-being benefits derived from a heritage-in-health intervention with hospital patients

Paddon, HL; Thomson, LJM; Menon, U; Lanceley, AE; Chatterjee, HJ; (2014) Mixed methods evaluation of well-being benefits derived from a heritage-in-health intervention with hospital patients. Arts & Health , 6 (1) pp. 24-58. 10.1080/17533015.2013.800987. Green open access

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Abstract

Background: This study sought to determine the effects of a heritage-in-health intervention on well-being. Benefits of arts-in-health interventions are relatively well-documented yet little robust research has been conducted using heritage-in-health interventions, such as those involving museum objects. Method: Hospital patients (n = 57) participated in semi-structured, 30–40 minute facilitated interview sessions, discussing and handling museum objects comprising selections of six artefacts and specimens loaned from archaeology, art, geology and natural history collections. Well-being measures (Positive Affect Negative Affect Scale, Visual Analogue Scales) evaluated the sessions while inductive and deductive thematic analysis investigated psycho-educational features accounting for changes. Results: Comparison of pre- and post-session quantitative measures showed significant increases in well-being and happiness. Qualitative investigation revealed thinking and meaning-making opportunities for participants engaged with objects. Conclusion: Heritage-in-health sessions enhanced positive mood and social interaction, endorsing the need for provision of well-being-related museum and gallery activities for socially excluded or vulnerable healthcare audiences.

Type: Article
Title: Mixed methods evaluation of well-being benefits derived from a heritage-in-health intervention with hospital patients
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17533015.2013.800987
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2013.800987
Language: English
Additional information: © 2013 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted.
Keywords: museum object handling, material objects, mixed methods, wellbeing, happiness
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Genetics, Evolution and Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1402950
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