The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2010 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

ART AS A THERAPUTIC OUTLET IN THE PULMONARY REHABILITATION SETTING

Yvonne Sledge1, Darnetta Clinkscale1, Dottie Biggar1, Sarah Colby2; 1Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Saint Louis, MO; 2Arts and Healthcare, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Saint Louis, MO

BACKGROUND: Art diversion in the Pulmonary Rehabilitation setting was started twelve years ago to offer a creative means of coping with end-stage lung disease. METHODS: A Respiratory Care Practitioner enlisted patients individually and through support groups. Patients and hospital personnel then started to request the opportunity to participate. Art diversion included instructions in drawing and painting. Department sponsored materials included colored pencils, watercolor, acrylic, templates, and canvases. Our current project is the coloring of mandalas. Mandala is Sanskrit for “circle” or “center”, in ancient Indian language. RESULTS: Several projects were offered to approximately forty patients per month. The patients produced two art exhibits. We published a book (Transplant Teddies) of their rendition of teddy bears. The Cystic Fibrosis patients produced a display of roses entitled “We Are the Roses of Cystic Fibrosis”. The public expressed delight in being able to enjoy the art exhibits, logging many positive comments. A local television station did a show on the why and how of the art work. CONCLUSION: Art diversion appears to be an option for patients in coping with end-stage lung disease. Further study is required to determine impact within this patient population. Sponsored Research - None

Mandala Template