Evaluating Sistema Scotland: The impact of art attendance and participation on health and wellbeing: Systematic literature review (Work Package 1).


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Davies D, Jindal-Snape D, Kelly C, Kroll T, Levy S, Morris J, Scott R, Toma M

Year of Publication:
2014

Publisher(s):
Glasgow Centre for Population Health

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

Glasgow Centre for Population Health commissioned this systematic literature review which focuses on the impact of arts participation on health and wellbeing.

This systematic literature review is the first of three commissioned by the GCPH designed to inform the GCPH-led evaluation of Sistema Scotland. This review broadly explores evidence over the past ten years concerning the health impacts of arts participation and engagement. The review serves as an overview of recent evidence in this field and importantly considers studies utilising national datasets, such as the described Scandinavian evidence, as well as evidence from specific art forms and interventions. This is important in assessing current theory and the quality of recent evidence underpinning the pathways described between the arts and health. This is important to ensure that the Sistema evaluation contributes new insights to this evidence base and is utilised in supporting the design and delivery of arts programmes as social interventions.

This literature review involved the following steps: scoping the review, searching for studies, screening studies, describing and mapping, quality and relevance appraisal, synthesising study findings, conclusions/recommendations. The final number of papers included in this report was 25. In all six areas of artistic expression reviewed in the report, there were some indications that art has significantly positive effects on health and wellbeing.

Evidence of the preventative health benefits of dance was compelling and conclusive. Involvement in music initiatives was particularly important in counterbalancing mental wellbeing difficulties, decreasing the risk of low mood and anxiety.



Evidence Type: Systematic Review

Main Focus: Mental Health

Research Purpose: Literature Review

Context: Community

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Jindal-Snape, D., Morris, J., Kroll, T., Scott, R., Toma, M., Levy, S., Davies, D. and Kelly, C. (2014). Evaluating Sistema Scotland: The impact of art attendance and participation on health and wellbeing: Systematic literature review (Work Package 1). Glasgow Centre for Population Health.