Symons, J and Clark, H and Williams, K and Hansen, E and Orpin, P, Visual art in physical rehabilitation: Experiences of people with neurological conditions, British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74, (1) pp. 44-52. ISSN 0308-0226 (2011) [Refereed Article]
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Aims: The aims of this study were to understand the experience of participation in
visual art from the perspective of adults undergoing outpatient physical rehabilitation
and to determine whether art has a place in this context.
Method: This qualitative study involved interviewing adults who attended a
weekly art class run by a qualified art teacher and occupational therapists in an
outpatient physical rehabilitation setting. Nine participants with neurological
conditions discussed their experience of the programme and the goals they were
working towards or had achieved through painting.
Findings: The themes that emerged from the study show that art contributed
to the participants meeting their individual rehabilitation goals. It also assisted the
participants in using time, increasing enjoyment, regaining confidence and planning
for engagement in future activities. All these achievements were seen by the
participants to contribute to their rehabilitation or recovery. The identified themes
align with the aims of rehabilitation and are similar to findings from many other
studies investigating the use of art by people affected by illness or disability.
Conclusion: The findings of this study inform clinical practice in the use of
visual art with clients in rehabilitation and validate its place in a physical
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