The arts aid in physical, mental, and emotional recovery by relieving anxiety and decreasing a patient’s perception of pain. In an atmosphere where a sense of control is often lost or minimized, the arts serve as a therapeutic and healing tool, reducing stress and loneliness, lessening pain and the need for pain medication, reducing the length of hospital stays, and improving compliance with physician recommendations. This translates into substantial financial savings for both patients and health organizations.

—Society for the Arts in Healthcare

Last updated: December 2019