Choosing art as a complement to healing

Appl Nurs Res. 2007 Feb;20(1):32-8. doi: 10.1016/j.apnr.2005.11.004.


Art à la Carte is a volunteer program that enables long-term care patients to decorate their hospital room with an art print of their choice. Thirty-seven participants were interviewed to evaluate the program. The data suggest that art adds a personal touch to the sterile hospital environment, facilitates interaction between staff and patients, and provides positive distractions. Choosing a work of art also helps patients to regain a sense of control. These themes coincide with the key components of supportive health care environment. The data suggest that Art à la Carte can provide a meaningful complement to the healing process.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alberta
  • Art*
  • Choice Behavior*
  • Female
  • Hospitals
  • Humans
  • Long-Term Care
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / nursing
  • Patients' Rooms