APH COVID-19 initiative: Art in health care in times of corona

Amsterdam UMC and Leyden Academy have started the project ‘Art in healthcare in times of corona’ to gain insight in the impact of art on the well-being of the elderly in this time of crisis. With this project they try to examine what the value of art is in times of crisis, and in what way artists can support and relieve the healthcare employees of their tasks. In these hard times, a lot of elderly – and the healthcare providers – have strong needs for distraction, inspiration, comfort and contact, to give expression to their feelings of sadness, anxiety and loneliness. More and more evidence can be found describing the positive impact of art and culture on the health and the social well-being of elderly. Art might be a solution to relieve the elderly and the healthcare providers of their negative feelings.

Click here for the article (in Dutch) 'Art in health care in times of corona'.

For questions about this project, please contact Barbara Groot-Sluijsmans.


This is an initiative taken by APH researchers as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have an initiative to be listed as well, please email us.

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