“Examining the Artist-Patient Relationship in Palliative Care. A Thematic Analysis of Artist Reflections on Encounters with Palliative Patients”

Anthony Hyatt plays violin at the Lombardi Cancer Center

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Although therapeutic arts are used in the palliative care setting, little has been described about what happens during the artist-patient encounter and how these interactions can complement and integrate into the interdisciplinary model of palliative care. In this publication, Julia Langley and her co-authors study the artist-patient encounter and how artists can function in the palliative interdisciplinary model of care. They find that the artist-patient encounter has an effect on both patients and artists, and can create a therapeutic relationship between them. Artists provide unique perspectives and contribute to care paradigms when integrated with the palliative team.

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