University of Alberta Hospital

8440 112 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2B7, Canada

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Healing Power of the Arts

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For the past 8 years I've worked as the staff literary artist on the wards for the Friends of University Hospital along with visual artists and musicians. I have seen the amazing reactions of people exposed to the arts and the effects on their pain, state of mind, hospital experience etc.

From patients saying their pain trickled out their toes as I was reading to them to patients discussing poetry with me while they're waiting for their appointments to being called an angel for sitting and listening to someone's story. Also, the effects of our program on staff a med student in our shadowing program learning empathy by engaging with a burn patient with me. Physicians writing poetry for our poetry contest. I could go on and on…

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