Improving communication training and compassionate care using arts based methods

Author: Olwen Minford

The report details how the arts are being used in the training of healthcare professionals in USA & Australia to improve communication, compassion and the experience of dignity. Some consideration is given as to whether Compassion can be taught or modelled. Specifically the impact of the arts on communication training is examined as experienced: • actively through the use of art in educational programmes especially in art galleries and museums • passively through the implementation of integrated arts in medicine programmes, and the impact of the environment and installation art in healthcare settings