Evidence Arts, culture and creativity

December 2022

This briefing helps set out what the evidence currently tells us about arts, heritage, culture and health and wellbeing.
It summarises the key findings from a rapid evidence review, commissioned by NHSE, and delivered by NASP’s academic collaborative.

  • There is a large body of evidence to show that taking part in art, exercise, music, creative and expressive activities, including through social prescribing, can lead to a wide range of benefits
  • These include increased social interaction, decreased stress, adoption of healthy behaviours, and improved outcomes such as skills and employment


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