Research digest: Culture on referral. Version 1, September 2020


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Dowlen R

Year of Publication:
2020

Publisher(s):
Centre for Cultural Value

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

This report is a rapid review of the academic literature to highlight what evidence there is at present to support or challenge the value of culture on referral programmes on physical/mental health and/or wellbeing.
In recent years, culture on referral programmes have been gaining increased popularity in both cultural and health sectors as a way of addressing health and wellbeing needs. The authors sought to understand what evidence there is at present to support or challenge the value of culture on referral programmes on physical/mental health and/or wellbeing.

They identified only 13 peer-reviewed studies which examined impacts and outcomes relating to cultural on referral programmes. Across these published studies, the majority of participants were referred due to mild-to-moderate stress, depression or anxiety, and participants were largely female, white and over the age of 50. The most commonly reported programme types were participatory groups using ‘mixed-visual’ or ‘mixedcreative’ participatory arts with the most commonly reported programme length being 10 weeks, with one session per week of 2-hours.

All 13 studies showed positive and outcomes on participants’ wellbeing, with participants reporting feeling more confident, less socially isolated and having better self-esteem. However, these studies predominantly had small sample sizes and did not compare to a control group, meaning it is difficult to determine whether changes in wellbeing were due to the culture on referral programme itself, or whether they were due to factors relating to increased social contact in the group settings within which all of the programmes were delivered.

Overall, while there is promising evidence that there is a positive role for culture on referral programmes in improving wellbeing outcomes, there is a need to understand the specific value of culture on referral programmes compared to other group-based activities. There is also a need to understand the role of specific cultural on referral programmes, such as dance or visual participatory arts, and which of these programmes is most appropriate for differing health and wellbeing needs.



Evidence Type: Literature Review

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Literature Review

Context: Community

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Dowlen, R. (2020). Research digest: Culture on referral. Version 1, September 2020. Leeds: Centre for Cultural Value.