Date of Publication

Winter 1-23-2019



The positive impact of art therapy on medical patients has been well established in the literature.

• Association between visual art creation and maintenance / reconstruction of a positive identify throughout cancer treatment

• Decreased need for narcotic medications and patient length of stay following participation in guided imagery sessions

Despite an abundance of research on art therapy, few studies have examined impact of in-hospital art intervention on overall patient satisfaction.


• Examine impact of Art from the Heart (AFTH), an in-hospital art intervention program, on patient interpretation of overall care received during hospital stay—the ‘halo effect’.

• Assess temporal, institution-level patient satisfaction survey scores following establishment of AFH intervention program


Karen Lounsbury

UVM Larner College of Medicine

Rebecca Schwarz

Burlington City Arts: Art from the Heart


Burlington City Arts: Art from the Heart


Health-Related Quality of Life & Well-Being, Dementias, Including Alzheimer's Disease, Cancer, Mental Health and Mental Disorders, Health Communication and Health Information Technology, Educational and Community-Based Programs

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The Halo Effect: Does In-Hospital Art Intervention Result in Improved Overall Patient Satisfaction?