DCMS publishes review of role of arts in improving health and wellbeing

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has published a summary of the evidence collected on the role of arts in improving health and wellbeing. The report examines how arts engagement can impact on social outcomes, youth development and the prevention of mental and physical illness.

The report by Dr Daisy Fancourt, Katey Warran and Henry Aughterson from the Department of Behavioural Science & Health at University College London was commissioned by DCMS in response to the November 2019 World Health Organisation report “What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and wellbeing?”.

The report reviews evidence on how arts engagement can impact on social outcomes, youth development, and the prevention of mental and physical illness. It also considers how social prescribing programmes that have used arts interventions impact on those outcomes.

The report makes a series of recommendations for how DCMS might invest in future research or academic collaboration to build the evidence base on interventions impacting those outcomes.

Read Evidence summary for policy: The role of arts in improving health and wellbeing