Healthcare and the Arts: GP Survey – Wave 2 Headlines


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Aesop

Year of Publication:
2019

Publisher(s):
Aesop, Com Res

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

In 2018, Aesop commissioned ComRes to conduct research among UK GPs in order to better understand their perceptions of arts-based interventions and how these perceptions might change over time. [Cross reference Aesop (2018) Healthcare and the Arts: GP Survey Headlines] The same question was asked again in 2019 to measure any change in results in comparison to the previous wave of research. This 2019 GP Survey – Wave 2 Headlines provides an interesting overview of these two sets of results.

In both waves of the research, GPs were asked the following question: “In relation to healthcare, to what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements about the arts (broadly defined as dance, drama, music, visual arts, films, singing, reading, painting, drawing, crafts and making)?”
1. Public engagement with the arts can make a significant contribution to the prevention agenda (i.e. preventing ill health among the public)
2. Arts-based interventions can make a significant contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of the NHS workforce
3. Arts-based interventions can be a cost-effective way to deliver primary care to the public to improve health outcome
The survey found that agreement with all three statements tested has significantly increased since 2018. Positively, the proportion of male GPs who agree with each statement has seen a notable increase over the last year.
Of the statements tested, GPs are most likely to agree that public engagement with the arts can make a significant contribution to the prevention agenda (74%); and do so more often than in 2018 (66%). This is a positive finding for Aesop’s campaign as it demonstrates strong and growing support among GPs for arts to be used in preventative health.
Level of agreement that arts-based interventions can make a significant contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of the NHS workforce has seen an overall 10 percentage points increase since 2018 (from 62% up to 72%). This increase in agreement appears to have been primarily driven by male GPs (from 59% to 70%).
Around half (54%) of GPs agree that arts-based interventions can be a cost-effective way to deliver primary care to the public to improve health outcomes, while a quarter (26%) say don’t know when asked about this. While this shows that the proportion of those who agree has grown (44% in 2018), the proportion of those who say they don’t know has stayed the same (27% in 2018). This could suggest a relatively low awareness of the cost of arts-based interventions, an area on which Aesop’s next campaign may wish to focus.



Evidence Type: Survey

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Primary Care

Participant Group: Adults

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Aesop (2019). Healthcare and the Arts: GP Survey – Wave 2 Headlines. UK: Aesop.