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Conference on culture supported rehabilitation

News: Sep 20, 2013

How may culture be used as a form of rehabilitation? This was the topic when almost two hundred people gathered in Helsingborg at a conference hosted by Region Skåne on how culture can be used in rehabilitation processes.

The objective of the conference was to present the project "Prescribed Culture 2.0". Prescribed culture should be seen as a complementary method and a resource for rehabilitation. During a ten-week period patients will take part in cultural activities. Project participants have included long-term sick leave patients. The project is a three-year research project, based on a pilot project initiated by the government in 2010. The project is collaboration between the Region Skåne, Finsam Helsingborg and the city of Helsingborg.

What are the results and possible effects?

The preliminary results show that participants experienced significantly improved health-related quality of life, as measured by the standardized instrument EQ-5D. The participants’ ability to work (Work Ability Index) was measured before and after participation. These results also showed a positive effect, meaning that the participants felt that they had an increased work capacity after the ten-week intervention, although not statistical significant. More work is needed combined with more advanced analysis to established the preliminary results.

The final project report will be completed in 2015.

BY: Annica Sjölander & Daniel Brodén

Page Manager: Lovisa Aijmer|Last update: 1/16/2012

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